WASHINGTON — Hyundai Motor America is recalling 64,500 2013 Hyundai Elantra sedans for a brake problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate, allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released," the NHTSA said in its recall summary. "If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated, preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping.
"Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of 'Park' without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash."
No accidents or injuries are linked to the recall, Hyundai told federal safety regulators.
The affected Elantras were built from December 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles with an immediate concern should contact their Hyundai dealer now. Others should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment.