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- Hyundai has announced that it will recall 26,413 2020 Sonata and Elantra sedans and 2020-2021 Santa Fe SUVs to address a windshield issue.
- Improper bonding of the windshield due to a faulty clear coat means the windshield could come loose in a crash.
- As a result, no accidents or injuries have yet been reported and owners of affected vehicles are being notified to bring their vehicles into recall starting February 25.
Hyundai will recall 26,413 of its 2020 and 2021 vehicles because the windshield may not be properly attached and could come off in a crash. A recall report filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains that the use of a “non-compliant” flow additive mixed into clearcoat by a supplier, Axalta, “may have caused inadequate windshield adhesion to the vehicle structure.” According to the report, drivers of affected Hyundais may notice wind noise or water leaking from the windshield.
The recall affects vehicles 8256 2021 Elantra, 8561 2020 and 2021 Santa Fe, and 9596 2021 Sonata assembled on or after October 29, 2020. The report stated that Hyundai stopped using the “suspicious non-compliant clear coat” on vehicles after December 16, 2020, and that there were no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of the windshield issue.
Hyundai will notify owners of affected vehicles on February 25 and will remove and replace the windshields free of charge. In the meantime, owners can check the NHTSA recall website to see if their vehicle is among those being recalled.
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