Hyundai Motor America is recalling 62,811 Sonata sedans from the 2015-16 model years because the panoramic sunroof can come loose from the car and fall into traffic.
The automaker issued the recall, which also covers 2015-16 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedans, after it received several reports of detached sunroof panels between March and September. Hyundai said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents caused by the defect.
A company investigation found that the detachments stemmed from a problem with the wind deflector attached to the front of the sunroof designed to reduce noise.
“Certain vehicles may have insufficient bonding of the wind deflector anchor plate,” Hyundai said in a document filed to U.S. regulators. “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.”
A “tempered” Sonata sunroof can then detach from the car into traffic because of the wind deflector or if a passenger attempts to manually close it, Hyundai said.
Hyundai began its investigation in March following an initial report, according to a timeline provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received no additional complaints until August and made the call to issue the recall on Sept. 29.
The affected Sonatas were assembled at Hyundai’s Montgomery, Ala., plant between May 28, 2014, and March 18 of this year. South Korean supplier Webasto Donghee was listed as the manufacturer of the related parts in a document.
Hyundai said each affected Sonata will be repaired at no cost to owners. Hyundai dealers will apply a “revised bonding” to the wind deflector. The automaker said it will notify Sonata owners of the recall via mail by Dec. 2.
The recall comes about four years after Hyundai began recalling about 20,000 Veloster compact cars for containing panoramic sunroofs that could shatter while driving.
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