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Hyundai Is Recalling 6,000 More Velosters Over Shattering Glass Roof

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On: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 3:25PM | By: Teddy Field


Hyundai Is Recalling 6,000 More Velosters Over Shattering Glass Roof

Hyundai’s hot little hatchback is being recalled over a problem with the optional panoramic glass roof. It seems that an unloading station robot at the factory had a malfunction that caused ‘forced contact’ between the robot’s mechanism, and the glass panel. This apparently caused a weakness in the glass, allowing it to shatter unexpectedly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received 26 complaints, 15 of them alleged that the sunroof shattered while the 2012 Hyundai Veloster was being driven. In some instances, minor cuts and abrasions were attributed to the falling glass.

After launching an investigation into the matter, Hyundai revealed an additional 23 complaints about the problem, and 46 warranty claims for the replacement of a shattered panoramic roof on the 2012 Hyundai Veloster.

Hyundai issued a recall for 13,500 2012 Hyundai Velosters back in December, but their inability to pinpoint a specific time that the factory’s robot started to malfunction, prompted NHTSA to request that Hyundai recall all 2012 Hyundai Velosters with the glass roof option, which were produced before the robot was known to be fixed (April 17, 2012). The additional 6,071 owners will be notified starting next month. At which point, their local Hyundai dealer will inspect and replace the defective glass panels and assemblies.

Meantime, if you own one of the effected cars, might we suggest buying a really big hat…or a helmet perhaps?


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