Hyundai U.S. is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009 to June 30, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the stop lamp switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released.
According to the automaker, if the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to rearward following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash, although the company has no reports of accidents or injuries from this issue.
The company will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part, free of charge and the recall is expected to begin on January 11, 2016.
We are not sure if this recall effects Sonata models sold in Malaysia but we’ll keep you posted if any local recall emerges!