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Hyundai Veloster recall for cracking sunroofs

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    The recall and the brake light defect take some of the shine off Hyundai's improvement in quality in recent years.

Hyundai Australia is recalling 882 Velosters for a sunroof defect.

The fault means the glass sunroof can crack -- and the same defect saw 13,500 cars recalled in the US last yearHyundai defended the two month delay in the announcement saying it had to wait for parts and that none of its customers or other road users were in any danger.

The company said there were seven reports of cracked sunroofs in Velosters in Australia. Hyundai issued a recall of 882 Veloster coupes overnight, requiring customers to take their car to a dealer for a 30 minute inspection.

"We expect only about 10 per cent of sunroofs will need to be replaced," said Hyundai Australia spokesman Bill Thomas. 

The affected cars were built from November 2011 to April 2012. Meanwhile Hyundai says it has no update on whether it will issue a recall for a brake light switch defect found on thousands of its cars, as exposed by News Limited late last year.

The recall and the brake light defect take some of the shine off Hyundai's improvement in quality in recent years -- and its sales success. Last year Hyundai in Australia overtook Ford in the new-car sales race.

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  • why do people still buy Hyundais?

    richard Posted on 06 March 2013 8:35pm
  • The recall letter says that the sunroof is safe unless opened... My sunroof has shattered while fully closed, spraying me and my three passengers with pieces of glass. It has exploded with such bang that only relatively low speed has helped me avoid a major collision. Instead of a lovely weekend out of Sydney, my family visiting from overseas had a rather unpleasant experience of removing pieces of glass from their bodies. Enough for me to change my mind about the otherwise beautiful car

    peter of sydney Posted on 15 February 2013 8:21pm
  • Rubbish car for pretenders and other pseudo whith added cuts and lacerations

    Knee All of Cairns FNQ Posted on 25 January 2013 6:56pm
  • Good thing they are replacing them quickly and with very little inconvenience to the customer.

    Sam of Perth Posted on 25 January 2013 11:17am
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