— A Kia Forte brake light switch recall has been ordered for more than 134,300 model year 2012-2014 Forte and Forte Koup cars, adding to a list of recalls the automaker has issued in the past related to brake light problems.
The problem is caused by the material used to make the brake pedal stopper pad that is located between the brake light switch and the brake pedal arm.
Kia says the material can fall apart over time and allow the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released.
This can cause the continuous illumination of the brake lights and traction control warning lights. Additionally, the gear shifter can be moved out of PARK without pushing the brake pedal, and the engine management system’s brake pedal override feature can be activated.
Kia says it has received 183 warranty claims about Forte brake pedal stoppers and switches, but no reports of crashes or injuries.
The Kia Forte brake light switch recall will begin January 30, 2018. Kia dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pads.
Forte and Forte Koup owners with questions should call 800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC158.
The automaker has suffered from brake light switch problems in the past that led to recalls, including one from 2013 that included more than 600,000 vehicles. And in 2015, Kia issued another recall involving brake light switches in SUVs.