2016 Hyundai Tucson recalled for lighting glitch

April 6, 2016

Hyundai is recalling more than 2,200 Tucson crossovers from the 2016 model year to fix a problem with the vehicles' brake lights.

The problem is linked to a trailer hitch harness supplied by Mobis Parts America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "In the affected vehicles, when the vehicle's engine is running and the brake lights are illuminated, if the turn signal is activated, the trailer turn signal lights will either turn off or remain continuously illuminated (not flash)." 

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The issue with the harness appears to be electrical in nature. NHTSA says that the control module associated with the harness may be incompatible with some of the Tucson's circuitry. 

The recall affects 2016 Hyundai Tucson vehicles built between May 26, 2015 and January 15, 2016 that came equipped with an accessory trailer hitch harness--one that was sold as a service part or that was included with the accessory trailer hitch. NHTSA says that the recall affects 2,263 vehicles nationwide.

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Hyundai says that it will mail recall notices to owners by May 6, 2016. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Hyundai dealers, who will update the Tucson's tow hitch harness at no charge.  

If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9640 and ask about recall #142. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V147000.

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