As a part of a massive Hyundai recall involving a total of 1.7 million vehicles, every 2011 model year Sonata that was built at their Montgomery, Alabama assembly point is also going back to their respective dealers. In all, this represents over 200,000 of the South Korean automaker‘s midsize sedan.
The safety issue concerns the brake light switch that could be faulty, not only affecting the part in question, but other parts as well. All of the vehicles produced were assembled with the defective part. However, none of the Elantra compact sedans were affected, as the part in question was not fitted to the vehicles.
The other parts that could be affected are:
Brake lights: may not illuminate whenever the driver depresses the brake pedal
Cruise control: normally, whenever one applies the brakes, not only do the brake lights come on, but this will manually override the cruise control as well. In this case, the brake light switch may not be able to override the cruise control, thus not allowing the driver to come to a stop safely, subsequently increasing the risk of an accident.
Push Button Start: this feature may not work if the brake light switch is inoperable, thus the driver will not be able to start the vehicle.
Shift Lock Release: this safety feature normally prevents the driver from shifting the vehicle’s transmission out of “Park” without depressing the brake pedal. A faulty brake light switch may defeat this feature, allowing the driver (or someone else) to inadvertently shift it into Reverse, Neutral, or a forward gear.
Look for the latest Hyundai recall campaign to start in June via mail notifications to the registered owners for the necessary repairs at no charge. Of course, if you feel like you would like to contact the dealership now, you can well in advance.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser