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Recall: Hyundai Veloster for cracked sunroofs

Korean automaker expands its December recall to include 5,835 more cars equipped with panoramic glass sunroofs.

By Exhaust Notes Feb 27, 2013 6:55AM
Hyundai is recalling the 2012 Veloster for panoramic sunroofs that can shatter, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Veloster was recalled in December for the same problem. Hyundai said it was expanding that recall to include 5,835 additional cars after NHTSA challenged the company's original range of affected models. The total is now 19,600.

Also in December, Hyundai recalled 4,490 Veloster models with manual transmissions to fix parking-brake components that could fail.

Last October , NHTSA opened an investigation after receiving 11 owner complaints of shattering panoramic sunroofs -- an extra-large glass section that extends the full length of the roof -- on the 2012 Veloster, seven of which occurred at highway speeds. Hyundai said it had received 102 complaints related to cracked or shattering sunroofs last year, including five injuries when glass shards cut the vehicle's occupants.

The company said production-line robots may have "forced contact" and caused small fractures in certain parts of the sunroof glass during assembly. Dealers will inspect and replace the sunroofs on the additional cars, if necessary, beginning in March. Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

[Source: NHTSA]
Feb 27, 2013 7:21AM

Like I said the first time this story "broke", if my roof exploded at 75mph I would have to change my pants!

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