Hyundai Issues Recall for More Than 390,000 Elantra Vehicles

The transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal

Hyundai Issues Recall for More Than 390,000 Elantra Vehicles
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December 18, 2017

Hyundai is recalling more than 390,000 model year 2013-2014 Elantra sedan, coupe, and GT vehicles.

What's the problem?

On the affected vehicles, the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate, allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. This will cause the brake lights to remain illuminated continuously. It can also allow the shift lever to be moved without depressing the brake pedal, or activate the engine management brake pedal override feature.

If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated, preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping.

Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

What happens next?

Hyundai will notify owners of the recalled Elantra vehicles beginning in early February 2018. Hyundai dealers will then replace the brake pedal stopper pad, free of charge.

Vehicle owners with any questions about this recall can contact Hyundai customer service at (800) 633-5151—reference recall number 170.