Hyundai has issued a recall in Australia this week for its mid-sized Sonata, due to a potential problem with the vehicle’s sunroof.
The carmaker has identified a weakness with the Sonata’s sunroof wind deflector plate, which may not have been attached correctly at the time of manufacturing.
The plate may therefore come loose, creating a hazard for other road users if it lands on the roadway while driving.
Further, the loose plate may strike the sunroof, causing the glass to shatter. No accidents or incidents from this issue have been reported in Australia to date.
Affected vehicles were sold in Australia between July 2014 and August 2015, with 755 examples on the recall list.
The recall process will include an inspection of the deflector plate and service if required, performed at no cost to owners.
Hyundai will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recall should contact their local dealer or phone Hyundai Customer Care on 1800 186 306.
Nissan has also issued a recall this week, but it affects only two vehicles in Australia.
A single Nissan N16 Pulsar and one Nissan Y61 Patrol have been added to the company’s ongoing Takata airbag recall list, further demonstrating the logistical toll of the Takata disaster on carmakers around the world.
Both vehicles were built in August 2001, and each requires attention to the passenger side airbag.
As with other Takata airbag recalls, the issue centres around the airbag’s inflator unit which is susceptible to moisture absorption over time.
The inflator unit can shatter as the airbags inflate during a collision, firing metal fragments through the cabin which can strike the vehicle’s occupants resulting in injury or even death.
Nissan owners wishing to learn more about the Takata airbag recall program should contact their local dealer.
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