First of all, the company says that around 531,894 Accent (model year 2006-2007), Azera (2007), Elantra (2007), Entourage (2006-2007), Santa Fe (2007), Sonata (2006-2007), Tucson (2005-2007) and Veracruz (2007-2008) models are affected by a stop lamp malfunction that could lead to a crash.
Wondering how? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the "a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause the brake lights to remain illuminated when the brake pedal is released." Furthermore, it might also "affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature so the transmission shifter would not be able to be shifted out of park position."
But things can get even worse. Such a glitch would not turn off the cruise control system when the brake pedal is depressed, a fact that would indeed lead to a crash, as the safety organization mentioned in the advisory posted on its official website.
As expected, dealers will replace the stop lamp free of charge, with first recalls set to take place this month.
In addition, the South Korean automaker is recalling 170,610 model year 2001-2003 Elantra and model year 2003 Tiburon vehicles sold and registered in numerous states because the road salt used in these specific areas could lead to internal corrosion and thinning of the steel in the front lower control arms.
"The corrosion may progress to the point where the lower control arm's upper and lower panels become perforated," NHTSA explained. "A perforated front lower control arm may fracture between its ball joint attachment and the forward and rearward pivot attachments to the chassis," it added. As a result, this could "affect the control over the tire and wheel assembly".