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Recall: 13,500 Hyundai Velosters for shattering sunroofs

An additional 4,490 cars with manual transmissions are called back to fix faulty parking brakes.

By Exhaust Notes Dec 19, 2012 9:55AM
Hyundai is recalling the 2012 Veloster for panoramic sunroofs that can shatter and parking brakes that can malfunction, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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.

[Source: NHTSA]

5Comments
Dec 19, 2012 2:34PM
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I can't imagine how exciting that must be to have your roof explode at 75mph!   I think I'd have to change my shorts.
Dec 19, 2012 1:46PM
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I don't suppose it could have anything to do with the whole body structure flexing due to being compromised with all the open space for doors and that roof?
Dec 21, 2012 6:02AM
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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.

Dec 24, 2012 6:40PM
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Well, Ford Mustang had optional glass roof since 2006 and no recalls so far for shattered roofs. Looks like Hyundai need to start ordering their glass from Ford's supplier.
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