Recall Alert: 1.7 Million Hyundai and Kia Vehicles

By Jennifer Geiger  on April 3, 2013
Hyundai and Kia are recalling approximately 1.7 million vehicles because of a brake light problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. According to the agency, 1,059,824 Hyundai vehicles are affected, including:

  • 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson
  • 2007-2010 Elantra
  • 2007-2011 Santa Fe
  • 2008-2009 Veracruz
  • 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe
  • 2011 Sonata

Its sister company Kia is recalling 623,658 vehicles, including:

  • 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage
  • 2007-2011 Sorento
  • 2007 Sedona
  • 2010-2011 Soul
  • 2011 Optima

In these vehicles, a faulty stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is depressed. This could cause other intermittent problems including: The driver may not be able to disable the cruise control, start the car using the push-button start feature or shift the vehicle in and out of Park. The electronic stability control malfunction light may also illuminate.

According to the automakers, no related injuries have been reported. "A switch that intermittently malfunctions does not affect a vehicle's brake performance," Jim Trainor Hyundai's senior group manager, product public relations, told

Kia will start notifying owners in May. When parts are available, Kia will send owners another notification, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch for free. Hyundai will begin notifying owners in June, and dealers will also replace the stop lamp switch for free. Owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info. Kia owners can call 800-333-4542.

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer