Hyundai faces fresh recall

Hyundai VelosterHyundai has been caught up in its second recall controversy in three days, with the manufacturer now baulking at recalling cars with sunroofs that could be prone to cracking.

A spokesman for Hyundai Australia, Bill Thomas, said today it had not yet decided whether it would recall a number of Veloster sports models over the sunroof problem.

The company is resisting pressure to recall the popular Veloster, despite the fact that Hyundai America has announced a full recall.

Earlier this week, the Australian operation was criticised for not recalling thousands of vehicles that could have faulty brake lights.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reportedly received 11 complaints from consumers about the roofs. Seven of those said the roofs shattered while they were driving, but the NHTSA hasn’t had any reports of injuries.

Thomas said “a small number” of Australian vehicles had experienced similar problems.

He said a local recall was “likely” but said the company was also looking at a potential service campaign.

“We’re just looking at the implications for our market.

“We don’t know whether it will be a full recall or not. We are not refusing to recall the vehicles.

“Our priority is to fix it and make things right for the customers,” he said.

Thomas said the cars affected were built between November 1, 2011 and April 17, 2012.

According to Thomas the problems were caused by an intermittent fault with a robot that unloads roofs at Hyundai’s plant.

“It has caused some damage to some of the roofs that has led to subsequent fracture,” he said.

The Veloster is the most popular sports car in Australia with more than 3600 sales already in 2012. The glass sunroof is standard equipment on the more expensive Veloster Plus model. The Veloster SR Turbo model is not affected.

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