Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kia & Hyundai Recall Over 1.86 Million Vehicles

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation issued three major recalls today that, when combined, could affect 1,869,736 vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Hyundai Recall for Accent, Tucson, Elantra, Santa Fe, Veracruz, Genesis and Sonata

The biggest of the three recalls, affecting 1,059,824 vehicles, was issued by Hyundai for 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 because 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 and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.


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. 


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. 


KIA Recall for Rondo, Sportage, Sorento, Sedona, Soul and Optima
Similar to the Hyundai recall, 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 because the stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction.  The number of Kia vehicles potentially affected by the recall are 623,658.


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 and causing 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.


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. 


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.




Hyundai Elantra Recall:


Hyundai Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Elantra vehicles manufactured from November 12, 2010, through March 05, 2013 which could affect 186,254 vehicles because a support bracket attached to the headliner may become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment.


If the headliner support bracket makes contact with an occupant during a crash, it may cause a laceration injury.


Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, free of charge. A remedy is expected to be available in May 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 109. 


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.