Stop Lamp Switch Issue Causes Kia and Hyundai to Recall 1.7 Million Units

On Wednesday April 3rd,  Hyundai and Kia announced a recall that affects nearly 1.7 million vehicles over issues with the stop lamp switch which can cause the brake lights to malfunction among other problems.

hyundai elantraAside from the brake lights not working when the brake pedal is depressed, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch can also cause the affected vehicles to keep their cruise control engaged when the brake pedal is used, intermittent operation of the push-button start, it can prevent the shifter from being moved out of park and can light up the electronic stability control warning light.

About 1 million Hyundai vehicles are affected, which are the 2007 to 2009 Accent and Tucson; the 2007 to 2010 Elantra; the 2007 to 2011 Santa Fe; the 2008 to 2009 Veracruz; the 2010 to 2011 Genesis Coupe; and the 2011 Sonata. On the other hand, 623,000 Kia vehicles were affected, which are the 2007 to 2010 Rondo and Sportage; the 2007 to 2011 Sorento; the 2007 Sedona; the 2010 to 2011 Soul; and the 2011 Optima.

This is the second recall of this kind, the first being in 2009 as Hyundai recalled about 500,000 vehicles for the same issue. Hyundai has made changes to the switch assembly to correct this issue since then, however, the affected vehicles were built before the changes were put in place.

The recall is scheduled to begin by June 2013, where Hyundai and Kia dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the stop lamp switch free of charge. Customers can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151, or Kia at 1-800-333-4542 for more information.

Justice League Themed Vehicles Gets New Member, The Wonder Woman Kia Sportage

wonder woman kiaThe Wonder Woman Kia Sportage has just been unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show: the seventh of eight Kia customized Justice League-themed vehicles. Teaming up with DC Entertainment and Super Street magazine, Kia transformed the mundane crossover to a vehicle inspired by Wonder Woman’s power, inspiration, and sense of equality.

The Wonder Woman theme accents the Sportage’s aesthetics with a custom aero kit and a red and blue exterior color scheme. Stars and gold trim outlined which outline this car were influenced directly from Wonder Woman’s costume, while paying a subtle homage to her weapon of choice, “The Lasso of Truth.” While blue headlight beams reflect Wonder Woman’s piercing blue eyrs, the eagle chest-plate emblem was custom integrated into the production Sportage grille.

While the seats were heavily influenced by Wonder Woman’s outfit and and are embroidered with her logo,  red upholstery and custom dash pieces are combined with blue LED lighting inside the vehicle. The eighth and final Kia of this campaign is currently in the works and will be amalgamation of all seven Super Heroes in one.

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“As one of the most well-known Super Heroes in the world, Wonder Woman portrays an impressive balance of power, agility and confidence, all of which are inherent characteristics of the Kia Sportage crossover,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. “Like the rest of the Justice League-inspired vehicles, this customized Sportage signifies a meaningful collaboration between cars and pop-culture. And for the first time, here in New York, all seven vehicles are standing together in one place to raise awareness for DC Entertainment’s very worthy ‘We Can Be Heroes’ giving campaign.”