Hyundai Motor Addresses Complaint in Lawsuit

Alabama resident Billy Glenn filed a lawsuit against Hyundai in December 2015 in the District Court of California, alleging that the panoramic sunroof of his 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport spontaneously shattered while driving, causing glass shards to rain on him and his family.

He alleged that neither Hyundai nor the dealership would cover the cost of repair, forcing Glenn to file a claim with insurance and pay a $100 deductible. Less than a month after the incident, the newly installed panoramic sunroof shattered again allegedly without cause, forcing Glenn to file another claim and pay the $100 deductible.

In the lawsuit, Glenn claims Hyundai knew about the issue since 2012, when Hyundai issued a recall of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster after 11 complaints of shattering sunroofs were filed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Glenn alleges that other vehicles were also affected. He named all 2011 to 2016 Sonata, Tucson and Veloster models and all Elantra GT, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport vehicles manufactured from 2013 to 2016.

While most of the lawsuit was dropped, Glenn was allowed to continue based on claims of fraud.

Hyundai motioned for dismissal on the grounds that the District Court of California was not the right court to handle the case, and that Hyundai offered to reimburse Glenn for the damages but he refused the offer. However, the motion was denied in November 2016.

The company issued a response to the complaint in December 2016.

“Defendants deny any and all allegations which assert or imply that there is any defect with the sunroofs on Hyundai vehicles, or that the sunroofs are dangerous. Defendants lack knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief about the truth of the remaining allegations set forth in Paragraph 2 and, on that basis, deny the allegations,” Hyundai said in court documents.

“Defendants admit that the Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute (“KATRI”) conducted an investigation into reports of panoramic sunroofs spontaneously shattering, but deny Plaintiffs’ allegations that seek to quote, interpret, or characterize such findings of KATRI’s investigation, which speak for themselves. Defendants deny any and all allegations which assert or imply that there is any defect. Defendants lack knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief about the truth of the remaining allegations set forth in Paragraph 3 and, on that basis, deny the allegations,” Hyundai said in court documents.

However, the car maker acknowledges a limited number of 2012 models were defective.

“Defendants admit that HMA conducted a limited recall of certain 2012 Veloster vehicles. As for the remaining allegations set forth in Paragraph 4, Defendants deny any and all allegations which assert or imply that there is any defect or “problem” with the sunroofs on Hyundai vehicles, that the sunroofs are dangerous, or that Defendants have failed to warn drivers of any alleged danger. Defendants lack knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief about the truth of the remaining allegations set forth in Paragraph 4 and, on that basis, deny the allegations,” Hyundai said in court documents.

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4 Responses to Hyundai Motor Addresses Complaint in Lawsuit

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  3. SANJIB SEN says:

    why not extend of warranty of my car nos WB 38AF 2792

  4. Ed Cain says:

    Earlier Tiburons had the Exact Same Problem ,With the Glass Sunroof.friend of mine had his Closed ,W/ A/c ON & IN BUMPER TO BUMPER TRAFFIC ON A HOT DAY WITH A/C ON ,Completely Shattered & COLLAPSED INSIDE THE INTERIOR ON TOP OF HIM

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