Hyundai is recalling over 300,000 2011 and 2012 Sonatas because the brake lights can stay on even when the driver isn’t using the brake.
The defect is caused by the stopper pad between the brake pedal and the plunger that turns the lights on. The stopper pad can deteriorate which makes the plunger stick and cause the brake lights to stay on.
No crashes or injuries have been reported.
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NHTSA RECALL Subject : Brake Pedal Stopper Pad Deterioration
Report Receipt Date: NOV 16, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V759000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number Affected: 304,900
Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor America
SUMMARY: Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009 to June 30, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the stop lamp switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released.
CONSEQUENCE: 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 preventing accurate communication to rearward following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. 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.
REMEDY: Hyundai will notify owners, 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. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 136.
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.