Hyundai recalls Santa Fe, Tucson models for brake light switch replacement
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.
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.
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.
There have been no reported injuries or accidents related to this issue. There is also no cost to the customer.