Hyundai recalls Santa Fe, Tucson models for brake light switch replacement Published - 28/06/2013

HASA will alert customers affected by this brake light switch recall via SMS, e-mail or telephone calls that they need to book their vehicles in at their nearest Hyundai dealership for replacement of the brake light switch on their Santa Fe or Tucson.

The models affected in South Africa are the:

  • Santa Fe (CM), built between 1 April 2007 and 31 July 2011; and 
  • Tucson (JM), built between 1 May 2007 and 28 February 2009. 
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the cars in these production runs enabled HASA to determine which customers in South Africa to contact for the service action. Altogether 1 973 vehicles are affected.

Owners or drivers of a Hyundai Santa Fe or Tucson who would like to determine if their vehicles are affected by the recall, can call Hyundai Automotive SA’s Customer Care Centre at tel. 086 142 7222 and supply their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) that appears on the license disc on the windscreen, or their registration number.
Hyundai detected that some brake light switch assemblies in the affected models and specific units may experience intermittent switch point contact. This does not affect the proper operation and performance of the brakes in any way.

The brake light switch, which is mounted near the brake pedal mechanism, is activated when the brake pedal is depressed and its simplest function is to operate the brake lights. However, the switch also:
  • Sends a signal to the car’s engine control computer that the brake pedal is depressed (to allow push-button start operation); 
  • It operates the automatic transmission’s shift interlock to allow shifting out of “Park” when the brake pedal is depressed; 
  • It is an input signal for the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system; and
  • It allows the use of the cruise control system.
The problem was detected after some Santa Fe or Tucson owners reported one or more of the following symptoms: Intermittent operation of the push-button start feature in models fitted with it; the inability at times to move the gearshift lever from the Park position; the illumination of the ESC indicator lamp in the instrument cluster; a malfunctioning cruise control system; or failure of brake lights to illuminate.

There have been no reported injuries or accidents related to this issue. There is also no cost to the customer.