1.9 Million Hyundais, Kias Recalled

Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson, Veracruz; Kia Optima, Rondo, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Sportage

The Problem: Hyundai and Kia are recalling certain models ranging from 2007 to 2011 for a potentially malfunctioning stop lamp switch. There are a number of possible consequences: if the brake pedal is depressed the brake lights may not illuminate, drivers may not be able to deactivate cruise control using the brake pedal, the push-button start feature may work intermittently, the vehicle's shift interlock could not function and prevent the shifter to be moved out of park, and/or the electronic stability control malfunction light could illuminate. The primary worry is that the failure for the brake lights to illuminate or the inability to disengage the cruise control could increase a risk of a crash.

The Fix: Both Hyundai will notify owners and have dealers replace the stop lamp switch at no charge, starting in June 2013; the recall number is 110. Kia, on the other hand, will send an interim notice to owners next month (May 2013) informing owners of the recall. Once the parts are available, Kia will notify owners to bring their vehicles in to have the switches replaced free of charge. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098. A Hyundai representative reiterated to us that "A switch that intermittently malfunctions does not affect a vehicle’s brake performance, only these operations listed here."

Number of Vehicles Affected: 1,059,824 Hyundai models and 623,658 Kia models, all ranging from 2007 to 2011.

Hyundai Models:

Kia Models:

Model 2007-2010 Rondo 2007 Sedona 2011 Optima 2007-2011 Sorento 2010-2011 Soul 2007-2010 Sportage
Production Range Jan. 31, 2007 – Jul. 30, 2010 Nov. 21, 2006 – Jun. 27, 2007 Aug. 12, 2010 – Apr. 24, 2011 Nov. 21, 2006 – Jun. 24, 2011 Jan. 8, 2009 – Jun. 14, 2011 Jan. 31, 2007 – Jan. 26, 2010
Number Recalled 56,976 18,702 40,024 231,211 166,394 110,351
 

2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra

The Problem: Some Elantra models have support brackets attached to the headliner that could become displaced when the side airbags deploy. If the bracket hits a passenger in the vehicle, it would cause a laceration injury.

The Fix: Hyundai will begin notifying owners in May, and will have dealers apply adhesive strips to the headline at no charge. Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 regarding recall number 109. Hyundai also released a statement to us stating: "We are aware of just one minor injury when a customer sustained a cut to his ear after a significant collision in a 2011 Elantra that caused his side curtain air bag to deploy. Upon inspection, we determined that a support bracket for the headliner could become dislodged during the curtain airbag deployment if the vehicle had an auto dimming mirror installed at the U.S. port of entry. In some of these installations, the technician installing the mirror could interact with the headliner in a manner that partially dislodges the bracket, allowing the side curtain airbag deployment to force the bracket to displace during the course of the collision. We are working now to contact owners of Korean-built Elantras to bring their cars into a Hyundai dealership, where a repair can be made so the bracket could not be dislodged during a side curtain airbag deployment."

Number of Affected Vehicles: A total of 186,254 Elantra vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Problems: Certain Outlander Sport crossovers are being recalled for an improperly installed stop lamp switch, which could cause brake stop lights that could illuminate continuously or intermittently and for shift levers potentially being able to be moved out of park without depressing the brake. Non- or irregularly illuminating brake lights could increase risk of crash, while the vehicle could roll away if park is disengaged. Other Outlander Sports are being recalled because they may have been built without a fuel sending unit harness for the sub-sending unit, which may result in a false fuel tank level reading.

The Fixes: Mitsubishi will notify owners of both recalls at a later date. For the stop light switch, dealers will correct the installation; for the fuel sending harness, dealers will install the proper harness to affected vehicles. Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820 regarding recall number SR-13-004 for the stop light switch or recall number SR-13-005 for the fuel sending harness.

Number of Affected Vehicles: 4539 Outlanders for the stop light switch, and 3724 for the fuel sending harness, all 2013 models.

Source: NHTSA

Model 2007-2009 Accent 2007-2010 Elantra 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe 2011 Sonata 2007-2009 Tucson 2007-2011 Santa Fe 2008-2009 Veracruz
Production Range Dec. 1, 2006 – Feb. 28, 2009 May 1, 2007 – Oct. 31, 2010 Dec. 1, 2008 – Aug. 31, 2010 Dec. 1, 009 – Jan. 31, 2011 May 1, 2007 – Feb. 28, 2009 Apr. 1, 2007 – Jul. 31, 2011 Dec. 1, 2007 – Feb. 28, 2009
Number Recalled 123,284 330,696 22,368 220,500 33,607 321,018 8351
Model 2007-2010 Rondo 2007 Sedona 2011 Optima 2007-2011 Sorento 2010-2011 Soul 2007-2010 Sportage
Production Range Jan. 31, 2007 – Jul. 30, 2010 Nov. 21, 2006 – Jun. 27, 2007 Aug. 12, 2010 – Apr. 24, 2011 Nov. 21, 2006 – Jun. 24, 2011 Jan. 8, 2009 – Jun. 14, 2011 Jan. 31, 2007 – Jan. 26, 2010
Number Recalled 56,976 18,702 40,024 231,211 166,394 110,351

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