— Hyundai is recalling its 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUVs because problems with the trailer hitch harnesses can interfere with the turn signals.
The 2,200 Tucson SUVs are equipped with accessory trailer hitch harnesses either included with the accessory trailer hitches or sold separately as service parts.
The automaker says the problem can occur when the engine is running and the brake lights are illuminated. Under those conditions, if the turn signal is activated, the trailer turn signals will turn off completely or continuously stay illuminated. That issue violates federal standards because a driver traveling behind the Tucson won't know when a driver is hitting the brakes.
The recalled Tucson SUVs were produced May 26, 2015, to January 15, 2016.
In January 2016, Hyundai learned of a problem with the tow hitch accessory, manufactured by Mobis Parts America. An investigation determined an incompatibility between the tow hitch harness control module and the power supply circuitry of the Tucson.
Hyundai says the 2016 Tucson is built on a completely new platform, so the harness problem is limited to the 2016 Tucson.
The recall should begin May 6, 2016. Hyundai dealers will update the tow hitch harness to keep the brake lights working.
Owners of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson may contact 855-371-9640 and use recall number 142.