The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 22 million vehicles were recalled in 2013 and “shattering sunroofs” was a big reason behind automotive glass-related recalls. This is the highest total since 2004 when overall recalls reached more than 30 million.
From potentially shattering sunroofs to faulty windshield wipers and problematic defrosters, several of these recalls were related to automotive glass.
Back in November, Audi issued a recall through NHTSA for certain model-year 2013 to 2014 Audi A8 and S8 vehicles due to possible sunroof shattering.
Hyundai added 6,071 cars to its sunroof recall affecting 2012 Veloster models in March. This brought the total the number of recalled vehicles to approximately 19,600 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico for possible sunroof shattering.
NHTSA opened an investigation into 2011-2013 Kia Sorentos for possible “sunroof implosion” in October after receiving 15 complaints.
Meanwhile, Toyota issued a recall through NHTSA affecting an estimated 1.15 million vehicles for windshield wiper and airbag defects in January 2013.
In December, Toyota and General Motors each issued recalls for potential problems with windshield wipers and defrosters, respectively, which could impact windshield visibility.
In terms of number of vehicles affected, Toyota posted the largest figure for 2013, issuing 15 recalls that affected more than 5 million models, according to NHTSA.
Chrysler came in next, issuing 36 recalls, affecting more than 4.6 million models.
Third was Honda at 15 recalls, affecting more than 2.7 million vehicles.
“The agency does not have a statement on glass recalls,” says José Alberto Uclés, a NHTSA spokesperson.
For NHTSA’s complete list of recall numbers by automaker click here.