Hyundai Recalling 63,000 Midsize Cars Due To Sunroof Issue
Hyundai is joining Ford as the latest automaker to suffer a large scale recall, as the South Korean auto manufacturer is recalling close to 63,000 midsize cars in the United States due to an issue with the sunroofs.
As it turns out, the panoramic glass sunroofs on certain Hyundai models can become loose and detach from the car, flying off into traffic. In government documents, Hyundai admits that the wind deflector anchor plate is improperly bonded to the car, which means that if the owner attempts to force the sunroof shut, it could increase the chances of the roof popping off altogether. The recall covers 2015 and 2016 Sonata vehicles, in addition to gas-electric hybrids.
Of course, dealers will repair the wind deflector anchor plate free of charge to the owners of all affected vehicles. However, the matter will not be dealt with until December, when Hyundai will notify owners (via mail) when they can take their Hyundai vehicles in for service.
While it’s a bit dicey to have to wait up to two months to get your car fixed, I imagine you could take it to a dealer yourself and pay for the fix out of pocket. Some people just don’t have the option of not driving, unfortunately. With that said, it’s good that Hyundai is at least being relatively upfront about the problem, rather than attempting to save face by passing the buck. Sure, it probably doesn’t look good for Hyundai, and it’ll be a pain in the ass for owners, but transparency benefits the auto industry more than obfuscation. It also helps save lives, as I imagine a sunroof landing into oncoming traffic could lead to catastrophic accidents on a busy freeway. So here’s hoping these issues can be dealt with swiftly.
But what do you think? Will this hurt Hyundai? Are you affected by the recall? Sound off in the comments!
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