An earlier recall by Hyundai for issues pertaining to shattering sunroof has now been expanded to include an addition 6,100 2012 models.  The Korean automaker is cooperating with the National Highway Traffic Safety commission to recall these vehicles and prevent recall accident injuries.

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Panoramic Sunroofs Pose Danger To Drivers and Passengers

The Hyundai Veloster is built with a “panoramic” sunroof, one that extends over almost the entire top of the vehicle.  It has become apparent during testing of the vehicle that installation could have weakened the structural integrity of the sunroof.  This leads to cracking and possible shattering during operation, posing a significant danger for drivers and passengers.

To date, five people have been injured by these cracking or shattering sunroofs, although no accidents have been reported as a result of the defective sunroof.  The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration became involved when it received 11 complaints from owners about shattering sunroofs.

Recall Seeks to Address Sunroof Issues

Hyundai had already recalled 13,500 Velosters over the sunroof issue.  However, further study indicates that the issue may also have affected vehicles manufactured between July 4, 2011, and October 31, 2011.  These vehicles were sold in the United States and Puerto Rico.  The new recall will encompass about 19,600 models.

Hyundai plans to notify owners and dealers and ask them to bring in their cars for inspection.  If the issue is noted, the glass assembly will be replaced free of charge.  Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or on the web at http://www.safercar.gov.

Why Companies Issue Recall Notices

Under the laws of most states and some federal statutes, when a manufacturer of any product releases the item for public sale, the manufacturer is warranting that the product is safe.  If the product then injures consumers who are using it in a manner in which it was intended, the company may be liable for the damages.  Product liability can spring from:

  • Advertising issues.  If the manufacturer advertises that the product can be used in a manner which is unsafe, or fails to notify the public of potential dangers of the product, the manufacturer may be liable.
  • Defective design.  The product may have been flawed from its inception, leading to a design issue lawsuit.
  • Defective manufacturing.  If the product is designed well but the manufacturer fails to meet specifications in its construction, the company may be liable.

In this case, Hyundai may face issues of design and manufacturing defects.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured In A Recall-Based Accident?

If you have been injured by a product you purchased in good faith and used as it was intended, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries.

A recall injury attorney seeks to evaluate your case based on the type of product, the extent of your injuries, and the cause of those injuries.  An attorney can explain your rights and help you recover damages if you have been injured by a product you bought and used in good faith.