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Hyundai Shattering Panoramic Sunroofs Class Action Overview:
- Who: An Alberta judge certified a Class of Hyundai drivers in a class action lawsuit.
- What: The lawsuit stems from panoramic sunroofs that shatter spontaneously due to an alleged defect.
- Where: The claim was filed in Alberta, Canada.
A class action lawsuit alleging that Hyundai fails to warn drivers about a defect that causes sunroofs in some of its vehicles to spontaneously shatter has been certified by an Alberta judge.
Associate Chief Justice J.D. Rooke certified the class action lawsuit that was filed by Hyundai owner Robert Engen, who alleges that the company has broken state and federal consumer protection laws in regards to the alleged defect in the panoramic sunroofs.
Engen says in the claim that when designing and promoting the panoramic sunroofs, Hyundai failed to meet engineering and manufacturing challenges, resulting in sunroofs being installed that are susceptible to spontaneous shattering.
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Strange Noises From Above ∞
Even the sunroofs that have managed to keep it together don’t exactly inspire confidence in the people sitting below them. Numerous owners have complained about strange noises from above.
“Panoramic sunroofs introduce added complexity to a vehicle. Suddenly you’ve got two or more heavy glass panels; motors, channels and rollers for the sunshade; plus the main motor and sliding mechanism for the sunroof panel itself.”
“Aside from all being parts which could break or go wrong, they’re all positioned directly above your head, with the potential for a myriad of rattles, squeaks and flexing noises to develop and annoy the hell out of you as you drive along.” — Motoringbox.com()”
TSB 13-BD-02 ∞
Hyundai has issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) in the past on how to treat panoramic sunroof noise:
“On some 2012-2013 Sonata (YF) and 2012 Sonata Hybrid (YF-HEV) vehicles with panoramic sunroof, a slight creaking or rattle noise in the roof may be heard. If the source of the noise is around the roof area on top of the B-pillar, follow the procedure outlined in this bulletin to eliminate the noise.”
This TSB recommends the dealership use acoustic felt and Loctite to secure the sunroof cross-members to stop the creaking.
Fixing a panoramic sunroof’s noise ∞
Fixing the squeaks from a sunroof is a bit of a crapshoot. First, you need to find a mechanic willing to do it and that’s often difficult if they can’t replicate the issue during a short test drive. Second, if you do find someone to help you out it can be tricky isolating the source of the noise. Here’s a few tips from owners who have had success:
- Lube it up: lubricate the dealers and the sunroof track itself
- Tighten the bolts securing the sunroof crossbar
- If all else fails, closing the shade can help mask the noise
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