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Recall 15V759000

Brake Lights Stay Illuminated

Recall Details

The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate, resulting in the stop lamp switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. This will cause the brake lights to stay illuminated, and will allow the automatic transmission shift lever to be moved out of park without depressing the brake pedal. Dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The brake lights may stay illuminated when the brake pedal is released, which can prevent drivers from knowing if the vehicle is slowing or stopping. Additionally, the shift lever for the automatic transmission may be moved from the park position without depressing the brake pedal. This could cause the vehicle to roll unintentionally.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Hyundai must be performed by a Hyundai dealership. Hyundai will notify owners of affected vehicles in January 2016. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Hyundai dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Affected Cars

Brakes, November 16, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 16, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
304,900
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V759000
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
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.
Notify
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.
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