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Light switch, air bag issues prompt major Hyundai, Kia recall

Automakers Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 1.9 million of its vehicles to fix problems with air bags and light switches, according to a Reuters report.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Automakers Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 1.9 million of its vehicles to fix problems with air bags and light switches, according to a Reuters report.

The switch recall covers almost 1.7 million vehicles models from 2007 through 2011.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday that a faulty switch can stop the brake lights from working properly when drivers hit the brake pedal. They also noted that the cruise control feature may not work properly and a feature that stops the driver from shifting out of park may fail.

Additionally, Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling nearly 200,000 2011-2013 Elantra compact vehicles due to an air bag problem.

A spokesmen for Hyundai and Kia Motors Corp. told Reuters on Wednesday that there haven’t been any crashes or injuries due to the problem.

Hyundai Models included in the recall:
  • 2007 to 2009 Accent and Tucson,
  • 2007 to 2010 Elantra
  • 2011 Sonata
  • 2007 to 2011 Santa Fe
  • 2008 to 2009 Veracruz
  • 2010 to 2011 Genesis Coupe
Kia models include:
  • 2007 to 2010 Rondo and Sportage
  • 2011 Optima
  • 2007 to 2011 Sorento
  • 2010 to 2011 Soul
  • 2007 Sedona
According to the Reuters report, Hyundai and Kia owners will be notified of the recall by mail. Kia will begin notifing owners in May, while Hyundai will begin notifying owners in June – after enough replacement parts are in stock.

The switches will be replaced free of charge.

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