Recall: 13,500 Hyundai Velosters for shattering sunroofs
An additional 4,490 cars with manual transmissions are called back to fix faulty parking brakes.
About 13,500 vehicles are affected by the sunroof recall, and an additional 4,490 vehicles are subject to the parking-brake recall, Hyundai said.
In October, NHTSA opened an investigation after receiving 11 owner complaints of shattering panoramic sunroofs on the 2012 Veloster, seven of which occurred at highway speeds. Hyundai said it had received 102 complaints related to cracked or shattering sunroofs this 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, if necessary, beginning in January.
On manual-transmission models, the parking brake components can "bind" due to "moisture and road grime," Hyundai said. The brake may then not be able to engage and disengage completely, which obviously could bring some bad consequences. Hyundai dealers will replace the rear brake calipers in January, and only for cars with manual transmissions. Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 to find out if their car is subject to one or both recalls.
In July, Audi recalled 13,172 Q5 crossovers for panoramic sunroofs that could suddenly shatter in "extremely cold weather," according to NHTSA filings.
I have seen and heard of too many roll over accidents and actual flipped cars to ever consider buying a car where most of the roof is glass.
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