The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall in late December for certain 2020-2021 Hyundai Sante Fe, 2021 Sonata and Elantra vehicles for improperly bonded windshields.
During manufacturing, the windshields may not have been bonded properly because of faulty clearcoat paint, and could become detached in the event of a car crash.
Hyundai estimates 26,413 vehicles are affected by this recall. The vehicles in question were assembled beginning Oct. 29, 2020, and Hyundai stopped using the faulty clearcoat paint on vehicles after Dec. 16, 2020.
Auto glass shops are encouraged to notify customers owning these vehicles of the recall and of their right to have a dealer remove and reinstall the windshield, free of charge to the vehicle owner.
No accidents or injuries have been reported yet as a result of this recall. Letters to owners are expected to be mailed in late February.
Vehicle owners may call Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460 with recall no. 216, or contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.nhtsa.gov. The NHTSA campaign number is 21V00M000.