By on August 22, 2016

2012_Hyundai_Elantra_(MD)_Active_sedan_(2012-09-01). Photo courtesy wikipedia.org

If you’re concerned that the red glow in the night sky could be distant wildfires, don’t be alarmed — it might just be a bunch of three-year-old Hyundai Elantras.

After the automaker recalled over one million vehicles three years ago to fix defective brake lights switches, a different model has now developed a brake light affliction.

According to a notice posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Hyundai is recalling 64,500 2013 Hyundai Elantras to fix a brake light problem. The vehicles were manufactured between December 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013.

The problem lies with the model’s brake pedal stopper pad, which can deteriorate, “allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released,” the NHTSA stated.

That means the Elantra’s taillights could stay on indefinitely, annoying drivers in following vehicles and leading to unsafe situations on the road. Braking action wouldn’t be signaled to other motorists, leading to the potential for rear-end collisions.

There’s another danger associated with the issue. If the brake switch plunger isn’t retracted, occupants can shift the vehicles out of Park without depressing the brake pedal. That increases the risk of roll away accidents.

According to Car Complaints, Hyundai noticed an unusual increase in warranty claims on certain Elantra models in the second quarter of 2016. The automaker is now issuing recall notices to owners, with the recall itself expected to begin on September 30. Hyundai will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part.

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19 Comments on “Hyundai’s Brake Light Problems Continue, This Time in a Different Model...”


  • avatar
    JimC2

    Ahhh, completely different problem from the Pontiac G6 crazy brake lights.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I see this a lot on GM cars when the body control module malfunctions. It happens a lot on the aforementioned G6; I also see it on the later GMT400 trucks.

  • avatar
    NormSV650

    Slow news day…maybe something of a road going risk like Toyota RAV4 that has it’s suspension recalled a couple times, due to poor engineering it finally being replaced!

  • avatar
    zipper69

    Any news on solving the non-functioning turn signals on all vehicles used by the over 80’s here in Florida?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I think the recall on my son’s 11 Sonata was for the opposite issue – the brake light switch wouldn’t illuminate.

    That could also lead to rear-end collisions, *and* the cruise control wouldn’t disconnect when the pedal was depressed (if the failure occurred). Imagine having your cruise control stuck on due to a faulty brake switch.

    As much as I like them, Hyundai/Kia is on a real recall-fest lately. Some of it is just litigation prevention, but some of it is actual problem-solving.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    “If the brake switch plunger isn’t retracted, occupants can shift the vehicles out of Park without depressing the brake pedal.”

    This made me smirk as over the weekend I was checking the tire pressures in my Impala (thanks Sajeev!) which, of course, requires a jack and jack stands and to make it easier to do I shifted the column shifter into neutral – I did this by reaching in the window from outside the car without a key in the ignition. It was one of those “people survived just fine for 50 years but now it makes me shake my head” moments.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Why do you need a jack to check tire pressure?

      • 0 avatar
        Land Ark

        For aesthetic purposes, the valve stems are on the inside of the wheels – meaning facing the axle. And my car being so low means I can’t contort myself enough to effectively reach around (oh my!) the back to get the pressure. Plus, I have a 50% chance that the stem will be tucked up into the top of the wheel well (hence putting it in neutral).

        Personally I don’t appreciate the stem-less look as much as the manufacturer probably thinks I should. Especially when crawling around on the ground for such a simple task.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          That is so_dumb. I can think of many situations where you might not want to get filthy or lift the car, and also check tire pressure or add air. Boo to GM on that decision.

          • 0 avatar
            JimC2

            “That is so_dumb. I can think of many situations where you might not want to get filthy or lift the car, and also check tire pressure or add air. Boo to GM on that decision.”

            Whatever focus group decided this was a good idea deserves a painful punishment. Same goes for whoever in the GM chain of command signed off on the decision, whether they knowlingly did or not. As an internet commenter I hereby sentence all of them to be stranded with a slow leak, at a gas station in BFE, late at night, when a cold rain is falling from the sky.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Let it be so!

          • 0 avatar
            Land Ark

            These are custom wheels. GM had nothing to do with this one.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I have shifted all blame to YOU!

          • 0 avatar
            Land Ark

            And rightfully so. Though to be fair I didn’t realize they did that until after I had them made and received them.

            That’s hardly an excuse, I’ll admit.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          er, why don’t you just use a truck tire gauge? They’re designed for that situation; dually wheels where one is facing the “wrong” direction.

          • 0 avatar
            Land Ark

            I have a truck gauge but I don’t like that I can’t use it accurately for the low pressures in passenger cars.

            Plus, it doesn’t matter since I can’t reach my arm around the back of the wheel or through it.

            Unless we are talking about 2 different truck gauges.

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