Auto manufacturers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. have issued a recall of more than 1.7 million vehicles because there is a problem with the cars' electronics.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), certain Hyundai and Kia cars have defective stop-lamp switches. The defective switches can malfunction and stop a car's brake lights from lighting up. They can also prevent a driver from turning off cruise control. While the problems may seem minor, they can cause serious accidents and injuries.
The cars involved in the recall include:
- Accents (2007-2009)
- Tucsons (2007-2009)
- Santa Fes (2007-2011)
- Veracruzes (2008-2009)
- Genesis Coupes (2010-2011)
- Sonatas (2011)
- Rondos (2007-2010)
- Sportages (2007-2010)
- Sorentos (2007-2011)
- Sedonas (2007-2013)
- Souls (2010-2011)
- Optimas (2011-2013)
This recall is one of many involving electronic systems in cars, and it certainly isn't the last. Are electronic car systems safe? We all know that our phones, computers, lights and other electronics crash. Will our car's electronics also crash at some point? And what if it happens at the wrong time? Brake light failure can easily cause rear-end collisions. Other cars have issues with their electronic stability control systems, which can cause unintended braking.
As long as manufacturers properly test their products before putting them on the market, we can trust most electronic car parts and cars to work. In some cases, however, a manufacturer fails to notice a serious error in a car's electronics and it can take consumer action -- and consumer injury -- to convince a manufacturer to better its wrong and issue a recall
Source: Business Standard, "Hyundai, Kia Recall 1.7 Mil Vehicles on Electronics," Apr. 4, 2013
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