Hyundai is issuing a vehicle defect recall for more than 26,000 Elantra and Sonata sedans and Santa Fe SUVs because their windshields may detach in the event of a crash.
The recall includes cars from the 2020 model year and SUVs from the 2020 and 2021 model years. If a windshield detaches there is an increased risk of injury to those who are in the vehicle.
Details of the Vehicle Defect Recall
This vehicle defect has been attributed to faulty clear-coat paint, which the windshields may not bond to properly. In vehicles that have been affected by this problem, owners may notice water leaking through the windshield or excessive wind noise when the vehicle is moving.
In documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the automaker has said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this vehicle defect. Hyundai will begin contacting owners of affected cars and SUVs by mail starting on Feb. 25, 2022.
When the recall begins, dealers will reinstall the windshields on affected vehicles at no cost to customers. Vehicle owners with questions or concerns may contact Hyundai at 855-371-9460.
Auto Product Liability Issues
When roofs or windshields come loose and detach from a car or SUV, they could potentially cause a crash or pose a hazard to other vehicles on the roadway. When a safety issue is involved, automakers should act quickly to recall affected vehicles. The longer they take to do that, the more people could potentially get injured. Automakers have a responsibility to ensure that vehicles are designed or manufactured in such a way that they are safe for consumers.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a vehicle defect, you may be able to seek compensation from the automaker or other parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If you have lost a loved one due to a vehicle defect or defective part, you may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.