Back in September, Hyundai recalled 470,000 Sonatas from 2011 and 2012 to fix a major problem that could cause the engine to fail. Today, the South Korean automaker issued another recall for the 2011-2012 Hyundai sonata -- this time, to repair a curious issue with the model's brakes.
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This latest recall centers on a brake pedal stopper pad manufactured by KSR International in Canada. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
"It is currently believed that the brake pedal stopper pad material in the affected vehicles can deteriorate allowing the stop lamp switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. A deteriorated pad can result in the stop lamps illuminating continuously, illumination of the traction control warning lamp, the ability to move the shift lever without depressing the brake pedal, or activation of the engine management system’s brake pedal override feature."
In other words, not only could deterioration of the brake pedal stopper pad cause the Sonata's brake lights to stay on, confusing drivers behind, but it could also allow the car to be shifted out of park accidentally. Both incidents increase the risk of a crash. Thankfully, Hyundai knows of no accidents or injuries linked to the problem.
The recall affects 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata vehicles built between December 11, 2009 and June 30, 2011. All told, the recall affects 304,900 cars registered in the U.S.
Hyundai says that owners should receive recall notices by mail around January 11, 2016. At that time, they'll be able to take their Sonatas to Hyundai dealers, who will replace the brake pedal stopper pad at no charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Hyundai customer service at 855-671-3059 and ask about recall #136. You can also call NHTSA directly at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #15V759000.