Hyundai Recalls 2013 Elantra Over Brake Pedal Stopper Pad

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Hyundai Motor America has filed papers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to initiate a recall of the 2013 Elantra.
The service action targets 64,500 Elantra sedans from the 2013 model year. Over time, the cars in question might suffer from excessive and accelerated wear of the brake pedal stopper pad. Instead of what might appear as a problem with the brake pads, the recall announced by Hyundai is focused on a component linked to the brake pedal.

A brake pedal stopper pad has the role of engaging the brake lights, as well as letting the user shift an automatic transmission from the park (P) position to another gear. The pads are made of rubber and contain a switch that lights the brake lights of the vehicle.

If the problem targeted by this recall occurs, the affected models will have their brake lights continuously illuminated. In the instance of cars outfitted with automatic transmissions, the gear selector could be used to shift the automatic transmission from the park (P) position without pressing the brake pedal.

Both of the situations described above could cause numerous problems for the owners and those around them, as well as the increased risk of an accident.

Fortunately, Hyundai says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem. It is worth remarking that the South Korean automaker had recalled certain Sonata models last November on the same issue, and its officials announced at the time that the part is used in “various models.”

Hyundai had sourced the affected parts from Kyung Chang Industrial Co. of South Korea, and the automaker has stated that it “continues to review possible supplier changes” regarding the brake stopper pads.

The affected models were manufactured between December 1, 2012, and February 19, 2013, at one of Hyundai’s South Korean facilities. Other Elantra sedans affected by this recall were produced in Alabama between January 23, 2013, and April 30, 2013.

Hyundai will begin this recall action on September 30, 2016. Known owners of the affected cars will be contacted, but those that own a 2013 Elantra can contact Hyundai to inquire if their vehicle is a part of this recall.
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