KIA RECALLS SPORTAGE, CERATO, and SEDONA MODELS FOR BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH REPLACEMENT
(SOUTH AFRICA), 2 December 2013. Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) will perform a recall to prevent a potential problem with brake light switches in certain models across the following ranges: Sportage, Cerato, and Sedona.
The vehicles that may be affected in the local South African market are Sportage (SL) models, manufactured between January 2010 and May 2011; Cerato (TD) models manufactured between July 2008 and August 2010, and Sedona / Carnival (VQ) models manufactured between November 2006 and December 2010. All Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN’s) of the vehicles possibly affected in these production runs were identified by Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) and amounts to a total number of 3327 vehicles. These VIN numbers will be used to determine which customers will be contacted for the service action.
The main function of the brake light switch is to control the operation of the brake lights. It is mounted on the brake pedal mechanism and is activated when the brake pedal is depressed.
Other functionalities of the brake light switch include:
- Sending a signal to the vehicle’s engine control computer that the brake pedal is depressed (to allow push-button start operation);
- Operating the automatic transmission’s shift interlock to allow shifting out of “Park” mode when the brake pedal is depressed;
- The input signal for the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system
KMSA has detected that some brake light switch assemblies in the affected models may experience intermittent operation. The problem was identified after reported incidents of intermittent operation of the push-button start feature (on models fitted with this feature), or the occasional inability to move the gear shifter out of the “Park” position, or the illumination of the ESC indicator lamp on the instrument cluster, or failure of the brake lights to illuminate.
This does not affect the proper operation or performance of the braking system in any way. There have been no reported injuries or accidents related to this issue.
Adequate quantities of brake switch replacement parts have been distributed by KMSA to all dealerships and will be replaced free of charge.
KMSA will alert the affected vehicle owners via SMS, by e-mail or telephonically. For customers who are not contactable, full details will also be published on the KMSA website: www.kia.co.za