If you don't give the brake lights on your car a second thought, this might make you reconsider.
Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, because of a problem with the brake lamps. The defect sends bad signals to the car's electronic brain, causing it to think the brakes are being applied when they're not, or vice versa.
This can cause the car to become stuck in park, or disable the push-button engine start feature. It can also have more serious consequences, potentially affecting the car's electronic stability control or cruise control.
Owners of affected vehicles will get a letter in the mail in June. Here are the models involved in the recall:
- 2007-2009 Hyundai Accent and Tucson
- 2007-2010 Hyundai Elantra
- 2010-2011 Hyundai Genesis coupe
- 2007-2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2011 Hyundai Sonata
- 2008-2009 Hyundai Veracruz
- 2011 Kia Optima
- 2007-2010 Kia Rondo and Sportage
- 2007 Kia Sedona
- 2007-2011 Kia Sorento
- 2010-2011 Kia Soul