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Recall Roundup: Hyundai Recalls Sonata to Fix Brake Pedal Component

Recall Roundup: Hyundai Recalls Sonata to Fix Brake Pedal Component

By Joseph Dobrian, November 24, 2015

During the past week, a total of about 343,500 vehicles were recalled by various automakers. The largest of these recalls is from Hyundai, whose announcement affects approximately 304,900 Sonata sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2016 BMW 5 Series (Various Models)
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 7,162 model-year 2016 528i, 528i xDrive, 535i, 535i xDrive, 535d xDrive, M5, 550i, 550i xDrive, and 535d sedans. The affected vehicles have an inboard lower anchor for child restraints on the left rear seat that may have been bent downwards, preventing the child seat from fully engaging both lower anchors. If the child seat is not properly attached to the lower anchors, it can increase the child's risk of injury in the event of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair the inboard lower anchor on the left rear seat free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 24, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V718000.


2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling 304,900 model-year 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles. On these vehicles, the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate, allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. 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 rearward-following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, the transmission can be shifted out of “Park” without depressing the brake pedal.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 11, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 136; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V759000.


2013-2015 Lexus ES 350, ES 300h
2013-2015 Toyota Avalon, Avalon Hybrid
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling 30,812 model-year 2013-2015 Toyota Avalon and Avalon Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 19, 2012, to October 27, 2015, and 2013-2015 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h vehicles manufactured June 18, 2012, to July 6, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a Pre-Collision System (PCS) as optional equipment. In these vehicles, the PCS may unexpectedly activate and apply the brakes when the radar detects a steel joint or plate in the roadway as an object.

Remedy parts for a permanent fix for this issue are not yet available. Beginning November 16, 2015, Toyota sent owners an interim notification and dealers will temporarily disable the PCS. When the improved PCS components are available for the permanent remedy, owners will be mailed a second notification. These repairs will be performed free of charge to the owner. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's numbers for this campaign are F1V and F2E; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V728000.


2015 Nissan Altima
2016 Nissan Maxima
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 119 model-year 2015 Altima and 2016 Maxima vehicles manufactured October 6, 2015, to October 7, 2015. The affected vehicles have front brake calipers whose mounting bolts may not be properly tightened. If the bolts were not properly tightened, the caliper may detach and reduce braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will check the brake caliper mounting bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early December 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V733000.
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