US: 300,000 Hyundai Sonata models recalled over brake lights image

Kia will recall almost 305,000 Sonata cars because their brake lights are not switching off after the brake pedal is released.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling model year 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles manufactured between December 11, 2009 and June 30, 2011 because the brake pedal stopper pad is prone to deteriorate, allowing the stop lamp switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. The company says that, 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. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash, Hyundai said. The owner will be notified 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.

It is not the first investigation that involves certain Sonata cars, as the model has been recalled a couple of times in the last two months. Towards the end of September, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced problems for Hyundai Sonata sedans built between December 11, 2009, and April 12, 2012 at Hyundai’s Alabama manufacturing facility – with either a 2.0-liter turbo or 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine – because of the potential for a major engine failure.

One month later, Hyundai Motor America recalled 2015-2016 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 28, 2014, to August 21, 2015 for a malfunction at the ABS system. The glitch made the Brake System warning light illuminate, but the ABS warning light is not switching on.