Kia, Hyundai Recall 1.7M Units Over Stop Lamp Switch Issue

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Hyundai and Kia announced a recall on Wednesday that affects nearly 1.7 million vehicles, over issues with the stop lamp switch which can cause the brake lights to malfunction among other problems.

Besides the brake lights not working when the brake pedal is depressed, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch can also cause the affected vehicles to keep their cruise control engaged when the brake pedal is used, intermittent operation of the push-button start, it can prevent the shifter from being moved out of park and can light up the electronic stability control warning light.

There about 1 million affected Hyundai vehicles, which are the 2007 to 2009 Accent and Tucson; the 2007 to 2010 Elantra; the 2007 to 2011 Santa Fe; the 2008 to 2009 Veracruz; the 2010 to 2011 Genesis Coupe; and the 2011 Sonata.

In Kia’s case, there are about 623,000 vehicle affected, which are the 2007 to 2010 Rondo and Sportage; the 2007 to 2011 Sorento; the 2007 Sedona; the 2010 to 2011 Soul; and the 2011 Optima.

This is the second recall of this kind, as Hyundai recalled about 500,000 vehicles is 2009 for the same issue. Since then, Hyundai has made changes to the switch assembly to correct the issue, though the affected vehicles were built before the changes were put in place.

The recall is scheduled to begin by June, 2013, when Hyundai and Kia dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the stop lamp switch free of charge. For more information, customers can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151, or Kia at 1-800-333-4542.

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  • Chas Chas on May 10, 2013

    what and where is the "stop lamp switch"? Can find nothing in the Elantra manual about it.

  • Richard Paul Richard Paul on May 15, 2013

    If there is a problem on a 2007 model...thats 6 years that someone has been driving around with this potential defect!!!