Hyundai Motor America is recalling 64,500 2013 model-year Elantra cars because 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 fails to properly retract when the brake isn’t being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, the transmission can be shifted out of “park” without depressing the brake pedal.
Either condition increases the risk of a crash, NHTSA said. The recall covers Elantra cars manufactured from Dec. 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013.
Hyundai dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part, free of charge, to address the problem.
The recall is expected to begin on Sept. 30. Vehicle owners can reach Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 146.