In the largest-ever recall affecting Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia, Hyundai is recalling more than one million vehicles for electrical problems, while its sister company, Kia, will recall some 623,000 vehicles to address the same problem.

A Hyundai recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of Hyundai vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 1,059,824.

Affected vehicles include certain model year 2007 through 2009 Hyundai Accent subcompact cars and Tucson SUVs, 2007 through 2010 Hyundai Elantra compact cars, 2007 through 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs, 2008 and 2009 Hyundai Veracruz SUVs, 2010 and 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupes, and 2011 Hyundai Sonata mid-size cars.

The Kia recall involves the 2007-2010 Rondo, 2007 Sedona, 2011 Optima, 2007-2011 Sorento, 2010-2011 Soul and 2007-2010 Sportage. According to a report in The Detroit News, Kia said that it is not aware of any injuries connected to the problem.

According to documentation (PDF) Hyundai submitted to the NHTSA, the total Hyundai recall population involves vehicles in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, with estimated breakdown of numbers per make and model as follows:

Kia documents (PDF) list the approximate number of vehicles affected by the recall as follows:

The problem

Hyundai said the malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake light not to illuminate when the driver depresses the brake pedal. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch could also result in intermittent operation of the vehicle’s push-button start feature, affect operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature, prevent the shifter from being moved out of Park, and cause the electronic stability control (ESC) light to illuminate.

Failure of stop lamps to illuminate during braking or the inability to disengage cruise control could increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Hyundai had previously issued a 2009 recall for faulty stop light switches in earlier model vehicles.

What Hyundai and Kia will do

Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch at no charge. The Hyundai safety recall campaign, identified as #110, will begin by June 2013. The Kia recall campaign, identified as #SC098, will begin in May 2013 with an interim notification, followed by a second notification when parts are available.

In the meantime, owners of Hyundai vehicles involved in the recall with any questions or concerns may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Kia owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V113000 for Hyundai and ID No. 13V114000 for Kia.


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