In an expansion of an earlier recall of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster for the potential of panoramic sunroofs to shatter without warning during vehicle use, the Korean automaker is now recalling an additional 6100 2012 model year Velosters over the same issue.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website said that the build dates for the expanded recall population are from July 4, 2011 through October 31, 2011.
In Hyundai documentation (PDF) submitted to the NHTSA, Hyundai said that 5,835 2012 Hyundai Velosters equipped with panoramic sunroofs in the U.S. and 236 units in Puerto Rico have been added to the original recall population, bringing the total number recalled to date to approximately 19,600 vehicles.
As in the earlier recall, the issue is that panoramic sunroofs may have been weakened during factory installation into the vehicles.
Weakened sunroofs can potentially crack and injure the driver and passengers with shards of glass. At least five people have received minor injuries after Veloster sunroofs shattered, although no vehicles crashed as a result.
The NHTSA launched an investigation into the problem last October after the agency received 11 owner complaints of shattering panoramic sunroofs.
What Hyundai will do
Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will inspect the sunroof vehicle for integrity, replacing the glass assembly, as necessary, at no charge. The Hyundai safety recall campaign, #108, is expected to begin in March 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2013 Hyundai Velosters with any questions or concerns may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V051000.