Could confuse other motorists or allow for shifting out of park without the brake pedal.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra is subject to a new recall because its brake lights work too well. A defect with the switch that controls the brake lights could prevent lights from ever turning off. That could confuse other drivers, who wouldn’t be able to tell whether or not the Elantra was actually braking. It could also allow drivers to move the transmission out of park without depressing the brake pedal.
Hyundai says that the brake pedal stopper pad can wear over time, eventually allowing the switch for the brake lights to remain depressed even when the pedal is not. Hyundai first noticed a high number of warranty claims for the problem in 2014, with warranty claims rising in 2015 and 2016. That prompted Hyundai to issue a recall, which affects about 64,500 Elantras in the U.S.
Dealers will contact customers about the repair process, which involves replacing the brake pedal stopper pad for free.
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Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model 2013 Elantra vehicles manufactured December 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013. The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released.
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 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.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 30, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 146.