Hyundai and Kia announced today that they are recalling over 1.6 million vehicles due to a defect in their brake lights.
According to an article on CNN.com, bad signals from the brake lamp can cause the gear selector to become stuck in park. They can also cause the push-button engine start feature to not work and create intermittent interference with the cars’ cruise control systems.
Models involved in the recall include 2007 through 2009 Hyundai Accents and Tucsons, 2007 through 2010 Elantras, 2010 through 2011 Genesis Coupes, 2007 through 2011 Santa Fes, 2011 Sonatas, and 2008 through 2009 Veracruzes.
Kia models involved include 2011 Optimas, 2007 through 2010 Rondos and Sportages, 2007 Sedonas, 2007 through 2011 Sorentos, and 2010 to 2011 Souls.
Notifications will be sent to owners starting in June, when enough new brake light switches will be available at dealerships to fix the problem.