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Kia recalls over 600,000 vehicles due to stop lights failing to illuminate, inability to disengage cruise control

National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles.

The stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction.

2011 Kia Sorento is one of the vehicles being recalled.
2011 Kia Sorento is one of the vehicles being recalled.

A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal.

Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and causing the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.

Vehicle Information

Vehicle Make / Model Model Year(s)
KIA / Optima 2011
KIA / Rondo 2007-2010
KIA / Sedona 2007
KIA / Sorento 2007-2011
KIA / Soul 2010-2011
KIA / Sportage 2007-2010

 

Manufacturer: Kia Motors Corporation

Report Receipt Date: April 1st, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V114000
Component(s): Exterior Lighting, Service Brakes, Hydraulic
Potential Number of Units Affected: 623,658

Consequence

Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy

Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia at 1.800.333.4542. Kia’s recall campaign number is SC098.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1.888.327.4236 (TTY 1.800.424.9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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