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Hyundai Recalls Sonata in U.S. for Flying Sunroofs

By October 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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Hyundai issued a recall for over 62,000 units of its Sonata midsize sedans in the U.S. due to the possibilities that the sunroofs may fly away on the road. 

The models subject to the recall include 2015 and 2016 Sonata and the Sonata Hybrid, for which Hyundai received multiple reports of sunroofs detaching. 

"If the sunroof panel detaches while the vehicle is in motion, the panel could

become an obstacle to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash," the South Korean automaker said in the recall announcement.

As for the cause, Hyundai said, "the sunroof assembly incorporates a wind deflector at the front of the sunroof to reduce wind noise in the passenger compartment when the sunroof is open.

Certain vehicles may have insufficient bonding of the wind deflector anchor plate. If the wind deflector becomes partially detached from its mounting points after the sunroof is opened, it can interfere with the moveable sunroof panel while the sunroof is being closed. The tempered glass sunroof panel can detach from the sunroof assembly due to interference with the wind deflector, or if the customer tries to force the sunroof panel closed." 

"If the wind deflector becomes partially detached from its mounting points after the sunroof is opened, it can interfere with the moveable sunroof panel while the sunroof is being closed," Hyundai told NHTSA. 

"The tempered glass sunroof panel can detach from the sunroof assembly due to interference with the wind deflector, or if the customer tries to force the sunroof panel closed."

No injuries or deaths have been reported with regard to the sunroof, according to Hyundai.

Owners of affected cars can have a new bonding applied to the wind deflector anchor at a Hyundai dealer, at no cost. 

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