The parties to the Hyundai Shattered Sunroofs Lawsuit have reached a proposed class action settlement on behalf of drivers of 2010-2016 Hyundai’s with panoramic sunroofs. Among other things, the settlement provides reimbursement for expenses and an extended 10-year, 120,000-mile warranty for shattered sunroof repairs. Read more below about the settlement, which goes into effect only if it is finally approved by the court. The court will hold a hearing on August 12, 2019 to determine whether the settlement should be finalized and approved.
Official notices about the settlement will go out in early May 2019. If you haven’t received a notice by mid-May, but think you should have, please contact us.
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Who is Eligible for the Hyundai Shattered Sunroof Settlement
If you bought or leased any of the following vehicles (while in the U.S. or on active military duty) and the car had a panoramic sunroof, you may qualify:
- 2011-2016 model year Sonata Hybrid
- 2010-2016 model year Tucson
- 2012-2016 model year Sonata
- 2012-2016 model year Veloster
- 2013-2016 Santa Fe
- 2013-2016 Santa Fe Sport
- 2013-2016 Elantra GT
- 2012-2016 model year Azera and
- 2015-2016 model year Genesis.
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Terms of the Proposed Hyundai Sunroof Lawsuit Settlement
If approved, the settlement will extend Hyundai’s new vehicle warranty to 10 years and 120,000 miles (whichever comes first) for all repairs related to sunroof shattering.
Class Members will be eligible to claim full reimbursement of their past, reasonable sunroof shattering repair costs (including the labor and parts for the sunroof repair and for related repairs, such as fixing scratched paint or upholstery damaged by broken glass). Class Members can also claim full reimbursement of related costs, such as for rental cars and towing services.
Class Members can claim an additional $200 if they experienced the sunroof shattering firsthand and experienced shock, surprise, or some other negative emotion as a result.
Finally, Class Members who decide they no longer wish to own their vehicle upon receiving notice of the settlement have two options: they can sell their vehicle and claim up to $600 through an alternative dispute resolution process or trade in for a new Hyundai without a panoramic sunroof and receive $1,000.
This is not a complete explanation of the settlement — please review the full notice once it is approved by the Court and sent to you.
Process for Court Approval of Hyundai Shattered Sunroof Settlement
In class actions, the court overseeing the case must preliminarily approve the settlement before class members can receive formal notice of the settlement. Plaintiffs filed a motion asking for the Court’s approval, and in late February, the Court granted that motion and ordered that notices be sent (by mail and email) to the class.
All Class Members should receive formal settlement notice by mail or e-mail in early May 2019. This formal notice will explain class members’ rights and the benefits proposed under the settlement, and will answer frequently asked questions. If you think you are a class member (see definition) and do not receive notice by mid-May 2019, you can contact us to receive the notice.
The Hyundai sunroof settlement will go into effect only if it is finally approved by the Court. The court will hold a hearing on August 12, 2019 to determine whether the settlement should be finalized and approved. If you would like to receive updates about the hearing, please provide your contact information.
History of the Hyundai Panoramic Sunroof Litigation
Our attorneys filed a class action lawsuit alleging that panoramic sunroofs installed in some Hyundai models spontaneously shatter, risking the safety of drivers, passengers, and others on the road.
The suit alleged that a number of Hyundai drivers nationwide have lodged complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), reporting that the panoramic sunroofs in their vehicles have spontaneously shattered. Some have compared the shattering to the sound of a gunshot and say that the broken glass can fall into the vehicle cabin.
According to the lawsuit, Hyundai has long known that its sunroofs are prone to shattering. The amended complaint stated that NHTSA investigated the problem, ultimately spurring a recall by Hyundai of some panoramic sunroofs, but that the company was aware of the danger of shattering before it first began selling and leasing the vehicles.
The lawsuit also states that Hyundai has not honored its express warranty to consumers by refusing to replace shattered sunroofs: “Hyundai employs a concerted practice to avoid paying for sunroof replacements. Even though it knows that its panoramic sunroofs are prone to shattering, Hyundai has consistently told drivers that their sunroofs have performed properly and denies warranty coverage. Hyundai’s dealers also instruct customers that their sunroof failures will not be covered under warranty. Instead, when customers call to complain, Hyundai denies that sunroof failures are the result of a systemic defect.”
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