Hyundai Adds More Cars to Shattering Sunroof
March 1, 2013
by Casey Neeley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hyundai Motor Corp. has added 6,071 cars to its sunroof recall
affecting 2012 Veloster models. The newly added vehicles, manufactured
between July 4, 2011, and October 31, 2011, bring the total number
of recalled vehicles to approximately 19,600 in the U.S. and Puerto
The recall, issued through the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), was initially announced
in December, affecting Velosters manufactured between November
1, 2011, and April 17, 2012. The addition to the recall expands
the timeframe in which the panoramic sunroofs "may have been weakened
during installation at the factory" according to the recall notice.
In December, an estimated 13,500 vehicles in the U.S. and Puerto
Rico were recalled for the defect. In an exclusive interview with
glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine following the initial
recall announcement, Jim Trainor, product public relations senior
group manager for Hyundai Motor America, said the defect had been
determined to have occurred during the installation process.
"There was an intermittent malfunction with the assembly and loading
robot and occasionally there was contact with the robot loading
arm and the sunroof glass," said Trainor. "That contact in some
cases caused damage to the glass which is what lead to the fracture
of that glass in the field."
Trainor said Hankuk Sekurit manufactured the sunroofs.
NHTSA opened an investigation
into the sunroofs this past October after receiving numerous complaints
from consumers stating the vehicle sunroof had spontaneously exploded.
action suit was even filed following the recall, alleging
Hyundai "concealed the exploding sunroof defect from consumers."
The suit was voluntarily
dismissed 10 days after it was filed.
According to the newly issued recall, Hyundai will begin notifying
consumers by letter this month.
This story is an original story by AGRR™ magazine/glassBYTEs.com™. Subscribe to AGRR™ Magazine.
Subscribe to receive the free e-newsletter.