Hyundai, Kia recall cars to fix brake light problem

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DETROIT (AP) -- Car companies Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than a half-million compact cars in the U.S. because the brake lights might not go out when the pedal is released.

The recall covers more than 390,000 Hyundai Elantra vehicles from 2013 and 2014. Included in the recall are more than 134,000 Kia Forte carts from 2012 through 2014.

In documents filed with the government, the companies say that a polymer stopped pad between the pedal arm and the light switch can deteriorate, allowing the switch to stay on. As a result, the brake lights could stay illuminated and also let a driver shift out of park without putting a foot on the brake.

Neither company has reported any crashed or injuries. Dealers will replace the brake stopper pad.

Kia's recall starts January 30, while Hyundai's begins February 8.