In what is likely the largest recall campaign for Hyundai and Kia, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of more than 1.6 million models due to a faulty brake switch. This is in addition to almost 700,000 Hyundai and Kia models recalled for the same problem back in 2009.

In more than 620,000 Kia models and 1 million Hyundai products for the 2007 through 2011 model years, the brake switch could malfunction causing the brake lights to not illuminate, which could lead to accident. Other possible issues with a faulty switch include the cruise control not cancelling with the brake pedal, the push-button starter not working properly and the shift interlock not disengaging causing the transmission to be stuck in Park. To fix the problem, the brake lights switch will be replaced.

Due to the large number of units being recalled, both automakers are issuing a notice by next month with parts not expected to be ready until June. The full list of affected vehicles and the NHTSA press releases are posted below.
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Report Receipt Date: APR 01, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V113000
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Manufacturer: Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc

SUMMARY:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. The stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position or enabling an occupant to move the shifter out of PARK without applying the brake, and causing the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.

CONSEQUENCE:
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Disabling the brake-transmission shift interlock could result in a vehicle rollaway.

REMEDY:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall will begin by June 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Report Receipt Date: APR 01, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V114000
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Manufacturer: Kia Motors Corporation


SUMMARY:
Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles. The stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position or enabling an occupant to move the shifter out of PARK without applying the brake, and causing the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.

CONSEQUENCE:
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Disabling the brake-transmission shift interlock could result in a vehicle rollaway.

REMEDY:
Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      PEACENIK
      • 1 Year Ago
      NHTSA checking Hyundais for rusted suspension frames. .. THE NOT SO SECRET AGENDA OF HYUNDAI. Hyundai says if you post videos on the internet accusing them of racial discrimination, they will sue you and seek your arrest. Hyundai officials also say if you complain about your car's repair needs, and post and blog your views on the internet, they will consider it harassment of their customers and employees, and sue you and seek your arrest. Hyundai said if you complain, they have the right to refuse service and will ban you from their property. However, none of these statements are in the Hyundai owner manuals and warranties.  Based on letters from Hyundai dated Mar 28 and Mar 29 2013 from Melanie S. Joo and Richard Middlekauff. To voice your concerns about Hyundai you may call Hyundai agents Melanie S. Joo at 213-443-7564 or Richard Middlekauff, President L.A. Hyundai at LAX 310-846-1300. IF CALLING AFTER NORMAL HOURS, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO LEAVE A VOICE MESSAGE. [This post is NOT authored by Hyundai or a Hyundai employee. Based on information released to the Inglewood CA Police Department.] See youtube channel legaladvocate71.
      SJ (Sara Jane)
      • 1 Year Ago
      I spent all day fighting with Kia over this. I have a 2009 sportage with all the issues listed in their recall, it started 3 days ago. Kia is claiming that my vehicle is not part of their recall and all they will do is replace the brake light switch with the same switch that will go bad again. I should have bought a ford....
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      What did you guys expect from poor quality cars?
        dude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        that what people get for dropping 30g's for a Korean car LOLOLOLOLOL
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        @FIDTRO
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      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hyundai/Kia's poorly engineered vehicles that are rushed out to the market riding a wave of so called "exotic styling" coupled with low prices.
        carjunky425
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        That is an ignorant statement. So what does that say about toyota and honda being poorly engineered
      g2k
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's a reason Hyundais come with 10 year warranties.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic. Now I have to dodge these vehicles on the road.
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        carjunky425
        • 1 Year Ago
        Shawn you are just stupid. Hyundai just received the most dependable midsize car award for JD power. Do some research before start talking crap
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        Mario
        • 1 Year Ago
        Someone has anger issues
        SpikeFiend
        • 1 Year Ago
        The brakes still work, just the electric switch that detects brake application is defective. Ask Ford/GM/Toyota how their brake recalls are going.
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      PM
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this was a Toyota recall the Autoblogger Peanut Gallery would have 400+ comments already.
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hits just keep coming for Hyundai. http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2011-2013-hyundai-elantra-recalled-for-laceration-risk.html Finally recalling the Elantras that will cuts your ears off.
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has Hyundai ever replaced the seat belts that don't work in the Sonata? The NHTSA is forcing Hyundai to replace them, but Hyundai was refusing.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ mary.keana or, in case of a Honda, the malfunctioning VSA system would apply brake without any driver input and may cause a crash http://www.autoblog.com/2013/03/14/honda-recalling-183k-cars-and-crossovers-over-unintended-braking/ or the power steering fluid may leak causing fire http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/01/honda-recalling-over-570-000-accord-sedans-for-power-steering-is/ or airbags may not deploy http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/18/honda-recalling-748k-odyssey-and-pilot-models-over-airbag-concer/ or fuel may leak http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/23/honda-recalls-2012-pilot-acura-mdx-crossovers-over-possible-fue/
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Excellent work from home opportunity from Honda. Job responsibilities: - Creating dozens of accounts on Autoblog - Go to each Hyundai article and post nonsensical comments - Log into each account and downvote any positive comments about Hyundai Minimum Qualifications: - Should be able to read and write English at fourth grade level. - Should know how to copy-paste. - IQ below 70 Pay: - $0.75/hour About Honda: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has been making bland, boring cars for last three decades. We have a low self esteem. Instead of trying to improve our cars, we hire people to go to auto websites and write nasty comments about other car companies, specially Hyundai.
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