Those who have had their windshields replaced may be a little surprised at how quick and easy it is done. Technicians may have even shown up at a place or work or home to install a new windshield right there in a parking space. Now Hyundai announced that some of its windshields could detach from the frame during a crash, causing an increased risk of injury to the occupants.
The manufacturer recalled 26,413 vehicles. It includes:
- Elantra sedan model year 2020
- Sonata sedan model year 2020
- Santa Fe SUV model years 2020 and 2021
The problem is faulty flow additive mixed in with the clear coat paint, which may cause inadequate adhesion that prevents the windshields from bonding to the vehicles. The manufacturer says that vehicles whose windshields leak or create excessive wind noise when in motion are likely to have this bonding problem.
The documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that there have been no known instances where a crash involving the affected led to more severe injuries, but it is wise to address this potential safety hazard immediately. Dealerships will reinstall the affected vehicle’s windshields free of charge. The recall is scheduled to begin on February 25.
This issue may have been an unreported problem, or investigators did not know to look for this specific issue. Those with questions about this recall or others can often get answers from lemon law attorneys working here in California.