Hyundai Motor Company recently announced a recall involving certain 2011 & 2012 Sonatas. The recall covers defective brake light switch plungers that do not retract when the brakes are not in use causing the brake lights to remain on. This increases the possibility of vehicle crashes.
A new vehicle recall was just announced, according to a letter the manufacturer sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week. Hyundai recalling almost 305,000 Sonatas currently in the United States due to a faulty brake light switch plunger.
NHTSA posted to its website announcing the recall, which is set to begin on January 11, 2016.
The focus of the recall is the replacement of the brake pedal stopper pad in select 2011 to 2012 model year Hyundai Sonatas. The affected vehicles were manufactured between December 11, 2009 and June 30, 2011.
The brake light switch plunger should retract when the brake pedal is not being pressed. In the defective vehicles, it does not. The result is that the vehicles’ brake lights remain on all the time, thus increasing the possibility of crashes.
To date, Hyundai says no injuries have been reported due to the defect.
That’s a refreshing bit of good news, given that the auto industry has been facing a record year of bad news, astronomical recall numbers, serious injuries and deaths.