Panoramic Sunroof Explodes
Hyundai refuses to acknowledge that their sunroofs have been exploding under normal driving conditions, but they’re offering plenty of coverage to owners if (or when) it happens thanks to a 2019 lawsuit settlement.
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- 2015 Sonata panoramic sunroof has annoying noise 13 (100%)
- 2000 Elantra plastic window track breaks 4 (31%)
- 2014 Santa Fe sunroof shatters 3 (23%)
- 2013 Santa Fe sunroof shattered 3 (23%)
- 2013 Elantra sunroof shattered while driving 3 (23%)
- 2016 Santa Fe sunroof exploded 2 (15%)
- 2018 Elantra spontaneous windshield crack 2 (15%)
Hyundai has proposed a settlement that would offer owners extended coverage in case their sunroofs explode.
If approved, the settlement would double the existing sunroof warranty, reimburse certain previously-paid expenses, and even offer cash to those that decide to sell their car within the next 90 days.
A sunroof isn’t supposed to close when it detects an object in the way.
However there’s an issue in the way the 2018 Elantra GT’s sunroof motor was programmed that could turn it into a slow, dull, but strong guillotine.
The system won't detect if a finger, head or other objects are in the way of the closing glass and won't immediately retract.
Resist the urge to stick your head out of the sunroof until the recall begins in February 2019. Actually, just go ahead and resist that urge in general.
Hyundai’s motion to dismiss panoramic sunroof lawsuit was denied, at least partially.
Hyundai filed to dismiss the shattering sunroof lawsuit and the judge agreed to dismiss almost all the lawsuit except claims based on fraud…
The judge said the plaintiffs can move forward based on claims of fraud and can amend the complaint if they want the judge to reconsider violations of consumer protection laws and unjust enrichment.
The lawsuit Billy Glenn v. Hyundai Motor America et al. still has life, but it’s up to the plaintiffs now if they want class-action certification.
ndai has been sued because their sunroofs can explode without being struck by an object.
Plaintiff Billy Glenn filed the exploding sunroof lawsuit after the glass in his 2014 Santa Fe Sport exploded just months after purchasing the Hyundai. The sunroof was replaced, but Glenn claims the replacement sunroof also shattered and sent glass into the vehicle.
This is a Hyundai-only lawsuit, but not a Hyundai-only problem. Glass is heavy, temperamental, and doesn’t bend when you go over potholes. So until automakers stop replacing their roofs with glass, I don't see this problem going away.
A quick update on a previous recall for busted sunroofs in the 2012 Veloster.
Hyundai originally recalled vehicles equipped with panoramic sunroofs and manufactured November 1, 2011, through April 17, 2012. The recall now includes vehicles manufactured July 4, 2011, through October 31, 2011.
The total number of recalled vehicles is around 20,000.
Well, that didn’t take long.
Earlier this year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into shattering sunroofs in the 2012 Veloster. Now Hyundai has issued a recall for that exact problem.
According to official documents, Hyundai believes the sunroof glass may have been damaged during mechanical installation at the factory. Any damage to the glass can cause it to fracture and fail under pressure.…
2012 Veloster owners should keep an eye out for a possible sunroof recall.
Just keep that eye pointed down, or risk getting some glass in it.
The Office of Defects Investigation, a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is taking a close look at the 2012 Hyundai Veloster after receiving 11 complaints that the sunroof exploded.…