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2016-10-20 14:59

FLYW-AWAY ROOF: Hyundai US is recalling 63 000 Sonatas as the car's sunroof can come loose and fly off in traffic. Image: AFP / Frederick J. Brown

Detroit - Hyundai is recalling nearly 63 000 mid-size cars in the US because the panoramic glass sunroofs can "come loose and fly into traffic," reports the automaker.

The recall covers certain Sonata midsize cars from the 2015 and 2016 model years, including gas-electric hybrids.

What's the problem?

The South Korean automaker says in government documents that a wind deflector anchor plate in front of the sunroof wasn't bonded properly to the car. A loose deflector can detach and interfere with the roof as it closes. If the owner tries to force the roof closed, it can fly off.

The company says it has no reports of accidents or injuries due to the problem. Hyundai had several reports of detached sunroofs in the US.

Dealers will repair the wind deflector anchor plate at no cost to customers. Owners will be notified by mail in December about when to take their cars in for service.

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