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by David Zalstein

Korean sister brands Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation are recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles in the US due to a fault with the cars’ brake light switch.

According to a report from The Detroit News, Hyundai has recalled 1.06 million cars, and Kia 623,000, for an issue with the brake light switch that could result in the intermittent operation of the brake lights, interference with the push-button start and cruise control functions and prevention of automatic transmissions being shifted out of “park”.

Models impacted include 2007-09 Hyundai Accent, 2007-10 Hyundai Elantra, 2010-2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, 2007-11 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2007-09 Hyundai Tucson and 2008-09 Hyundai Veracruz, along with 2007-10 Kia Rondo, 2007 Kia Sedona, 2011 Kia Optima, 2007-11 Kia Sorento, 2010-11 Kia Soul and 2007-10 Kia Sportage.

Kia Optima

The North American recall also includes 255,000 Hyundai and 106,000 Kia vehicles in Canada.

Hyundai Australia’s Bill Thomas told CarAdvice that the local derivative of Hyundai Motor Company is awaiting confirmation from HMC over an official Australian recall or voluntary service campaign.

Thomas said owners of 277,000 potentially affected vehicles in Australia started being contacted back in early March to bring in their cars for an inspection and possible brake light switch replacement and that this strategy would continue under the guise of a either a service action or an official recall depending on the incoming decision.

CarAdvice has contacted Kia Australia for comment.




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