The South Korean based automakers Hyundai and Kia have recently announced a massive recall which will affect 1, 7 million cars, across the United States.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 1,059,824 units of the Hyundai cars and 623,658 units of the Kia models will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers because of a problem with the stop lamp switch. The automakers are saying that if the brake pedal lights won’t illuminate, drivers won’t be able to deactivate cruise control by using the brake pedal.
Besides this, the push-button start may work intermittently, the electronic stability control malfunction light could illuminate and the vehicle’s shift interlock could not function and prevent the shifter to be moved out of park. If these problems are ignored, they will lead to a crash and / or injury. Hyundai and Kia have announced their dealers which will replace the stop lamp switch at no charge from the customer. The affected vehicles are the Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson, Veracruz, Kia Optima, Rondo, Sedona, Sorento, Soul and Sportage. The models are ranging from 2007 to 2011. The recall will begin in June, 2013.