Hyundai Sonata Recalled for Sunroof Issue


A number of 2015-2016 Hyundai Sonatas are being recalled because their sunroofs might detach and fly off.

A total of 62,811 units are affected by the recall and the Korean automaker is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the defect. According to a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Hyundai originally received a field report in early 2016 indicating the sunroof panel had detached from a vehicle when closing the sunroof. Representatives from Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama inspected the incident vehicle as well as non-incident vehicles produced around the time of the incident.

In August-September 2016, additional sunroof panel detachment reports were received and after inspecting the incident vehicles, Hyundai confirmed damage to the wind deflector that correlated to damaged sunroof mounting points. As a result, it found that the sunroof could become partially detached if the windscreen is loose or out of position. In addition, if the customer repeatedly cycled the sunroof or tried to force the sunroof closed by hand, the panel could detach.

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The voluntary recall covers Sonata sedans assembled at the company’s Alabama plant from May 28, 2014, through March 18, 2016 as well as 2015-2016 Sonata Hybrids built from December 8, 2014, through August 18, 2015.

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