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Hyundai, Kia Motors recall 1.8 million cars

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Hyundai and Kia Motors are recalling over 1.8 million vehicles in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in total, Hyundai is recalling 1,059,824 vehicles, and Kia will account for 623,658. The recall is due to a faulty switch which could increase the risk of crashes, as well as a loose interior roof liner.

In addition to over a million cars being recalled to fix a lamp switch that may cause brake lights to fail when the brake is pressed -- or deactivate cruise control -- Hyundai will also be taking back 186,254 Elantra cars to apply adhesive strips to stop the headliner shifting if a side curtain airbag has to be deployed.

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The recalled Hyundai models include Accent cars and Tucson SUVs from 2007-2009, Elantras, Santa Fe SUVs, Veracruz SUVs, Genesis coupes and 2011 Sonata cars. Affected Kia models include Optimas, Sedona minivans and Sportage SUV models from 2007 - 2010.

Currently, the move appears precautionary, as no reports have surfaced of accidents and injuries caused by the switch or roof -- except one cut ear caused by the headliner issue.

The companies are in the midst of contacting owners to have the issues fixed at no cost.

The NHTSA says that manufacturers filed over 650 safety recalls, which affected over 17.8 million vehicles, child seats and vehicle equipment, during 2012. Nine million of these vehicles were recalled due to pressure from the regulatory agency.

Via: Reuters

Image credit: Hyundai

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— By on April 3, 2013, 6:43 AM PST

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure