April 09, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

Hyundai and Kia have issued massive recalls of approximately 1.7M vehicles due to a manufacturing defect affecting the stop lamp switch. The malfunctioning stop lamp switch may prevent the brake lights from illuminating or the cruise control from deactivating when the brake pedal is depressed. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate. Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash.

The Kia recall applies to the following vehicles: 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, 2007-2011 Sorento, 2007 Sedona, 2010-2011 Soul and 2011 Optima. The Kia recall is expected to begin sometime in May 2013. Dealers have agreed to inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Kia directly at 1-800-333-4542 and reference safety recall No. SC098. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V114000.

The Hyundai recall applies to the following vehicles: 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2007-2011 Santa Fe, 2008-2009 Veracruz, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe and 2011 Sonata. The Hyundai recall is expected to begin sometime in June 2013. Dealers have agreed to inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Hyundai directly at 1-800-633-5151 and reference safety recall No. 110. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V113000.

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.