Hyundai Increases Veloster Moonroof Recall; Reimbursing More Owners

Expanded recall and reparations from Hyundai.

Hyundai is recalling 5835 2012 Veloster hatchbacks equipped with the optional panorama moonroof. The moonroof assemblies may have been weakened at the factory. If so, the glass roof panes may break while the vehicle is in motion, which could cause personal injury or a crash.

This is not the first time Hyundai has issued a recall for these parts on the Veloster – in December, the automaker issued the same recall for 13,500 vehicles; the new recall is for additional affected cars. Hyundai states that the new total of recalled Velosters is around 19,600 vehicles.

Unfortunately, the expanded recall isn’t the only Hyundai-related gaffe in the news today. According to The Detroit News, the automaker has agreed to settle its California suit against overstated fuel economy numbers. On top of the reparations Hyundai (and Kia) has already paid owners, it will give further compensation to those who own cars featured in the “4 for 40 mpg” advertising campaign. Featured cars are the Elantra, Accent, Veloster, and Sonata Hybrid.

The suit, which was filed last July, stated that “illegal advertisements caused tens of thousands of California drivers to purchase or lease 2011 and 2012 Elantras and consequently incur unexpected fuel costs,” says The Detroit News. Payments will be made by Hyundai in a lump sum and will come from outside of the $400 million already set aside to reimburse owners; Hyundai will also repay non-original owners, although, they will only receive half as much compensation.

Sources: NHTSA, The Detroit News