Alabama resident Billy Glenn has filed a national class action lawsuit against Hyundai in the U.S. District Court of California saying the automaker’s panoramic sunroofs “spontaneously shatter.”
He has asked the judge to certify the class action to cover owners and lessees of these vehicles:
- 2013-present model year Hyundai Santa Fe Sport;
- 2013-present model year Hyundai Santa Fe;
- 2013-present model year Hyundai Elantra GT;
- 2011-present model year Hyundai Sonata;
- 2011-present model year Hyundai Tucson; and
- 2011-present model year Hyundai Veloster vehicles.
Glenn purchased a new 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in September 2014 with a panoramic sunroof. In February 2015, when the vehicle had about 10,000 miles, Glenn was driving with his wife and daughter when the panoramic sunroof shattered, showering everyone inside the vehicle with glass, according to the court documents. Neither the dealership nor Hyundai would cover the costs of repair. Glenn filed a claim with his insurance company.
Glenn alleges that less than one month after this incident, on March 4, 2015, the newly replaced panoramic sunroof also spontaneously shattered. Glenn filed another insurance claim, and had to pay another $100 deductible for the repair and replacement of his vehicle’s sunroof, according to the court documents.
“In the class vehicles, the glass used in production cannot withstand the pressures and flexing that the sunroof frame and vehicle demand. The consequence is that under ordinary driving conditions, the glass spontaneously shatters,” according to the court documents.
Glenn’s attorney cites numerous complaints sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by Hyundai owners over sunroofs.
In 2012, the automaker issued a recall for certain model year 2012 Hyundai Veloster vehicles saying the panoramic sunroof assembly is in question for possible weakening during factory installation.
“Given the speed and frequency with which the panoramic sunroofs in the class vehicles shatter, it is likely that Hyundai knew of the danger of shattering before it first began selling and leasing the vehicles,” according to court documents.
Glenn’s attorney seeks a jury trial and monetary damages. The attorney also requests an order requiring Hyundai to “adequately disclose and repair the defect panoramic sunroofs.”
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District of Central California because that is where Hyundai America is based. The sunroof manufacturer was not identified.
Hyundai had not yet responded to the lawsuit at press time.