Could confuse other motorists or allow for shifting out of park without the brake pedal.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra is subject to a new recall because its brake lights work too well. A defect with the switch that controls the brake lights could prevent lights from ever turning off. That could confuse other drivers, who wouldn’t be able to tell whether or not the Elantra was actually braking. It could also allow drivers to move the transmission out of park without depressing the brake pedal.
Hyundai says that the brake pedal stopper pad can wear over time, eventually allowing the switch for the brake lights to remain depressed even when the pedal is not. Hyundai first noticed a high number of warranty claims for the problem in 2014, with warranty claims rising in 2015 and 2016. That prompted Hyundai to issue a recall, which affects about 64,500 Elantras in the U.S.
Dealers will contact customers about the repair process, which involves replacing the brake pedal stopper pad for free.