Hyundai has issued a recall for nearly 43,000 Genesis and Equus vehicles from the 2009 to 2011 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these vehicles suffer from a glitch in their lighting systems that could increase the potential for an accident.
The problem stems from a faulty diode in the stop lamp circuit, which sits between the stop lamp switch and the lamps themselves. If that diode fails, it can prevent the stop lamps from lighting up, which means that drivers behind a braking Hyundai may not notice that the vehicle in front of them is slowing down. That, in turn, increases the risk of the Hyundai being rear-ended.
The recall affects:
- 2009-2011 Hyundai Genesis models built between April 30, 2008 and November 21, 2010
- 2011 Hyundai Equus models built between July 31, 2010 and November 21, 2010
Hyundai estimates that 42,925 U.S.-registered vehicles are affected by the recall.
Hyundai hasn't yet indicated when it will mail recall notices to owners. When it does, owners will be able to take their cars to a Hyundai dealer, who will repair the faulty circuit at no charge.
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If you believe that you own one of the vehicles affected by this recall and have questions, we encourage you to call Hyundai customer service at 714-865-3920 and ask about recall #125. If you like, you can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #14V713000.