If you own a Kia or Hyundai, your vehicle may have a defective brake light switch that could increase your chances of being in an accident. According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kia Motors and Hyundai have recalled 1.9 million cars and SUVs for defective auto parts. A majority of the recalled vehicles have a defective brake light switch that on occasion prevents the brake lights from turning on when the pedal is depressed. The defective part can also affect the cruise control system and the Electronic Stability Control light.
The 623,000 Kia vehicles involved in the recall include the following models: Sorrento 2007 to 2011, Rondo and Sportage 2007-2010, Sedona 2007, Soul 2010-2011, and the Optima 2011. The 1.06 million Hyundai models recalled include: Accent and Tucson 2007-2009, Elantra 2007-2010, Santa Fe 2007-2011, Veracruz 2008-2009, Genesis Coupe 2010-2011, and the Sonatas 2011. The auto manufacturers have stated that the defective switches have not been linked to any accidents. Owners can receive a free replacement switch in the coming months.
Hyundai is also issuing a recall for issues regarding their airbags. About 194,000 Elantra compacts from model years 2011 to 2013 have a support bracket that can come loose when the side air bags are inflated. In one reported incident, the loose bracket cut a driver’s ear. This defect resulted from mistakes made during the installation of auto-dimming, rear-view mirrors.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of a vehicle mechanical malfunction or defective auto part, there are a number of steps that you would be well advised to take.
- Preserve the damaged vehicle for a thorough inspection.
- Seek medical attention and document your injuries.
- Keep track of the treatment you have received, including all receipts and invoices.
- Call an experienced auto defect attorney.
The Georgia auto product liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. know how to hold negligent auto manufacturers accountable. If your accident was caused by a defective auto or vehicle part, please contact us at (404) 995-3955 for a free, comprehensive consultation.