Hyundai has announced the recall of certain 2012 model year Veloster hatchbacks
, built between November 1, 2011 and April 17, 2012. At issue is a potential defect in the panoramic sunroof glass, caused by inadvertent contact between the glass and the unloading station robot. In all, some 13,500 models sold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are affected.
Panels weakened during installation can potentially break while the vehicle is in motion, regardless of panoramic sunroof position. Hyundai has received some 76 warranty claims, 20 customer complaints and 6 field reports relating to the fracturing of panoramic sunroof glass.
Though no accidents have been attributed to the shattering sunroof, Hyundai
has received five reports of minor injuries relating to sunroof panel failures.
The recall is expected to begin in January 2013, and owners of sunroof-equipped Veloster models
built during the date range indicated will be instructed to bring their cars to dealers for repair. The sunroof panels will be inspected and replaced as necessary, at no charge to owners.
Those with questions or concerns can reach Hyundai’s customer service at (800) 633-5151, or they may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.