Hyundai Kia in China adds 110,000 cars to global recall

BEIJING Tue May 14, 2013 11:04am EDT

BEIJING May 14 (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp are recalling a further 110,000 cars in China as part of a worldwide fix for a faulty brake light switch which began in the United States last month.

Hyundai and Kia are recalling almost 1.9 million cars in the United States and are also taking action in Canada and South Korea.

Hyundai on Monday recalled nearly 122,000 ix35 sport-utility vehicles produced in China with local partner BAIC.

The latest recalls were posted on the website of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

A spokeswoman for Seoul-based Hyundai said it was not clear how many vehicles would be affected by recalls as the companies were still working with safety authorities in different markets around the world to correct the problem.

China's quality watchdog did not say how many complaints Hyundai and Kia received about the problems, or whether there were reports of accidents or casualties as a result of the defects.

U.S. safety regulators said the malfunctioning switch could fail to activate stop lights or fail to deactivate the cruise control when the brake pedal was depressed.

It could also interfere with the push-button start feature, prevent the gear shift from being moved out of park or might allow a driver to move out of park without applying the brake, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Editing by David Cowell)

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