Hyundai recently released a recall that affects certain Sonata models.
Why Is the Sonata Being Recalled?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there's a problem with the material that attaches the sunroofs onto Hyundai Sonatas. An anchor that is designed to hold the wind deflector located on the sunroof separates from its bonding material (the material that keeps the deflector attached). This defect causes Hyundai's sunroofs to fly off while driving.
What Is the Danger in Flying Sunroofs?
If a car is traveling at high speeds in a heavily-trafficked road (such as a highway) when the sunroof detaches, the sunroof could hit other cars, smash windshields, cause drivers to swerve, etc. - all of which could seriously hurt other drivers.
A flying sunroof might also startle the driver of the Hyundai, causing them to wreck. If the sunroof flies off while it's raining, this can cause further chaos and injury.
Currently, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths resulting from this defect.
Is My Sonata Affected?
The recall affects Hyundai Sonatas with the model years 2015 and 2016 that were manufactured between May 28, 2014 and March 18, 2016. This recall also includes Sonata Hybrids that were manufactured between the period of December 8, 2014 and August 18, 2015. A little over 62,000 Hyundai Sonatas have been recalled.
According to official reports, Hyundai will notify owners of Hyundai Sonatas about dealer repairs commencing December 2 via mail, which will be offered at absolutely no cost at the dealerships where the vehicles were purchased. In the meantime, Sonata owners can check their vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and check the website safercar.gov for more information regarding their specific vehicle.
It's important for Hyundai Sonatas owners affected by the recall to take safety measures to ensure that their vehicles will be safe.
What to Do If a Recalled Car Causes an Accident
Vehicle defects put drivers and passengers in danger. If you get into an accident because of this sunroof recall or any other defective car recall, you may be able to make a claim against the manufacturer for compensation. This is especially true if you were not made aware of the recall at the time of the accident, since it's an auto manufacturers' duty to notify all car owners of the potential danger.
After a wreck, keep all evidence. Evidence that helps prove a defective car part caused your wreck is very valuable and should be saved. Take pictures of the car, the wreck, the defective parts and (if you can) the accident scene. Also take pictures and keep records of your injuries.
Another tip: don't get your car fixed until you've hired an attorney. Fixing your car is like throwing away evidence, and your attorney will want all the evidence they can get.