Malfunctioning Brake Lights Lead to Hyundai Sonata Recall

Malfunctioning Brake Lights Lead to Hyundai Sonata Recall
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November 20, 2015

Hyundai Motor America is issuing a recall for sedans with defective brake lights.

The auto manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the stop lamp switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released.

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 other vehicles that the car is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Both conditions increases the risk of a crash.

Hyundai is including about 305,000 vehicles in this recall.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 11, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 671-3059.