KIA Sportage Recall for Defective Brake Light Switch
KIA Sportage Recall Due to Defective Brake Lights
KIA Motors America has announced a voluntarily recall of approximately 7,722 units of its Sportage model manufactured between March 7 and June 8, 2011. The KIA Sportage recall relates to an alleged defect affecting the proper function of the brake light switch, causing the brake lights to intermittently fail. Whenever the brake switch does not work properly, the brake lights will not illuminate, reducing the ability to warn other motorists of the driver’s intentions of stopping. Therefore, increasing the risk of an auto accident.
Possible Consequences of the KIA Sportage Recall
If the brake lights of your vehicle do not function, there is no way for motorists driving behind you to realize in time that your vehicle is slowing down or stopping unexpectedly. Therefore, the risk of a rear-end collision increases with the presence of the defective brake light switch. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the alleged defect can cause a collision or an accident, endangering the lives of drivers, motor cyclists, and/or pedestrians.
Measures Taken to Repair Recalled Vehicles
March – June, 2011
The manufacturer, KIA Motors America, announced to the NHTSA that it will notify owners of the affected vehicles, and authorize dealers to replace the defective brake light switch, free of charge. Currently, the manufacturer has not confirmed a notification schedule, but it is set to begin sometime this month. Owners of vehicles affected by this recall should frequently visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website for updates on the latest news about the defective brake light switch. Additionally, owners may call KIA customer service at 1-800-333-4542, using the unique KIA Sportage recall number: SC121.
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- Intermittent Failure of the Brake Light Switch. Retrieved July 6, 2015.