Hyundai is recalling 64,500 Elantra vehicles from the 2013 model year, due to issues with the brake pedal, which can lead to brake light and transmission problems.
The Hyundai Elantra recall (PDF) was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on August 19, indicating that the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate. While there have been no reports of accidents or injuries resulting from this problem, it could pose a risk for drivers.
According to the NHTSA safety recall report (PDF), the brake pedal stopper pad, located between the stop lamp switch and the brake pedal arm, can deteriorate over time. This results in the stop lamp switch plunger remaining extended when the brake pedal is released, resulting in the brake lights lighting up continuously, even when the vehicle is not braking. It can also allow the shift lever to be moved without braking and activate the brake pedal override feature.
The NHTSA warns that these conditions could result in an auto accident.
Hyundai first began investigating the problem in July 2014 following warranty claims about the brake stopper pads. It recalled some Sonata models for the problem in 2015, according to the NHTSA. However, in the second quarter of this year the company noticed an increasing claim rate for certain Elantra models and decided on a recall last month.
The recall affects about 64,500 model year 2013 Elantra vehicles. All were manufactured between December 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013.
Hyundai has told the NHTSA that it will notify owners and that the recall will begin on September 30. Delaers will replace the brake pedal stopper free of charge. Owners with questions can contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. They can also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or visit www.safercar.gov.