Billy Glenn, owner of a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, has filed a lawsuit against Hyundai after the car’s panoramic sunroof allegedly shattered without cause, only to experience the same incident with its replacement. The plaintiff claims the panoramic sunroofs are made of thin ceramic tinted glass, causing them to shatter unexpectedly.
According to Glenn, the 2014 Santa Fe isn’t the only model experiencing issues. The lawsuit names all 2011 to 2016 Sonata, Tucson and Veloster models as well as Elantra GT, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport vehicles made between 2013 and 2016.
Based on consumer complaints and recalls, Glenn contends that the company has known about the shattering sunroofs since 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11 complaints were made against the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, claiming that the sunroof had exploded, seven while the vehicle was driving at high speeds. In response, the company issued a recall on the Velosters in December 2012 and was expanded in February 2013 to include Velosters made in 2011.
Hyundai filed to dismiss the lawsuit and most of the lawsuit was dropped, but the judge is allowing the plaintiffs to move forward based on claims of fraud. They can amend the complaint if they want the judge to consider violations of consumer protection laws and unjust enrichment.
The Hyundai panoramic sunroof lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California – Billy Glenn v. Hyundai Motor America et al.