Hyundai Recall, Another Black Eye

After the mileage debacle Hyundai and Kia faced when they misstated, to their advantage, MPG on a number of their cars, the companies have been hit by another disaster.

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Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are recalling almost 1.9 million vehicles to fix problems with air bags and brake light switches.

The brake light recall covers the Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson and Veracruz. Also affected are Kia’s Optima, Rondo, Sedona, Sorento, Soul and Sportage. The vehicles are from the 2007 through 2011 model years.

U.S. safety regulators say a faulty switch can stop the brake lights from illuminating when drivers press the brake pedal. Also, the cruise control may not turn off when a driver steps on the brake.

The automakers will notify owners and replace the switches for free starting in June.

Kia sales have dropped like a rock in the first quarter, while most of the balance of the industry has had a banner year. March sales of Kia cars and light trucks fell 15% to 49,015. Hyundai sales for the month were down 2% to 63, 306. Really bad news for two companies that, up until recently, were the hottest in the car industry