Vehicle, Trailer Miscommunication Prompts Recall of Hyundai Tucson Vehicles

Vehicle, Trailer Miscommunication Prompts Recall of Hyundai Tucson Vehicles
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April 5, 2016

An issue impacting the exterior lighting is prompting an SUV recall from Hyundai.

The automaker is recalling certain model year 2016 Hyundai Tucson vehicles equipped with an accessory trailer hitch harness. This piece of equipment was either included with the accessory trailer hitch or sold as a service part.

In the affected vehicles, when the vehicle's engine is running and the brake lights are illuminated, if the turn signal is activated, the trailer turn signal lights will either turn off or remain continuously illuminated (not flash).

Failure to illuminate the trailer's turn signal lights would prevent the communication of the driver's intent, increasing the risk of a crash.

This issue puts the vehicles in violation of the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

Hyundai is including about 2,300 Tucson vehicles in this recall.

The company will notify owners, and dealers will update the tow hitch harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 6, 2016.

Vehicle owners with questions about this recall may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9640.