Hyundai, Kia recall vehicles for brake light problem
Freezers, strollers, high chairs recalled
Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles to fix a problem with brake light switches.
The recall covers most of the automakers' model lineups from 2007 through 2011.
A faulty switch can stop the brake lights from illuminating when the driver presses on the pedal, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
That could increase the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA documents.
The malfunction does not affect the brake performance, according to the automakers.
Hyundais affected include 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2011 Sonata, 2007-2011 Santa Fe, 2008-2009 Vera Cruz and 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe.
Affected Kia models are the 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, 2011 Optima, 2007-2011 Sorrento, 2010-2011 Soul and 2007 Sedona.
Owners will be notified, and dealers will replace the switches for free.
Haier America recalled 41,000 white chest freezers because the circuitry can overheat and start a fire. Dozens of fires have been reported, including three that did substantial damage, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission www.cpsc.gov.
The recall involves two Haier models and one Black and Decker model. Specific models and serial numbers can been found at www.cpsc.gov and www.haieramerica.com.
BabyHome USA recalled its Eat model high chair due to a strangulation hazard.
When the baby is not properly strapped in, his body can slip through the opening and be trapped by his neck. No injuries have been reported. Owners should contact the company www.babyhome.es.
Another baby product, Cherry strollers by iCandy World, are being recalled for a similar hazard. The recall involves the Fudge and Licorice colors. Parents can remove the bumper bar and continue to use the stroller while awaiting a replacement bumper. For more information: www.icandyworld.com.
Bugaboo is recalling nearly 10,000 Cameleon3 strollers. The seat and bassinet can be removed from the stroller for carrying. The problem is that the carrying handle can break. The high-dollar strollers were sold at Toys R Us, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and other retailers. Parents should contact www.bugaboo.com.
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