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Hyundai recalls nearly 305K cars for brake light problem

The Hyundai Motor Co. Sonata hybrid vehicle is displayed during the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan.
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The Hyundai Motor Co. Sonata hybrid vehicle is displayed during the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan.

Hyundai is recalling nearly 305,000 Sonata midsize cars because the brake lights can stay on when the driver isn't stopping.

The recall covers cars from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

The company says the stopper pad between the brake pedal and the plunger that turns the lights on can deteriorate. That can make the plunger stick and cause the brake lights to stay illuminated. Also, the transmission could be shifted out of park without the brake on, and the system that lets the brakes override the gas pedal may not work.

Hyundai says no crashes or injuries have been reported.

The company plans to tell owners to take their cars to dealers to have the stopper pad replaced. No date has been set for the recall to start.