Hyundais Recalled for Windshields That Could Detach in a Crash

Newer Elantra, Santa Fe, and Sonata models are included in the recall

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe driving, front grille Photo: Hyundai

Hyundai is recalling over 26,000 Elantra and Sonata sedans from the 2020 model year and Santa Fe SUVs from the 2020 and 2021 model years because their windshields may detach in a crash. If this happens, it could increase the risk of injury to occupants.

The issue is due to faulty clear-coat paint, which the windshields may not bond to properly. On vehicles affected by this problem, owners may notice water leaking through the windshield or excessive wind noise when the vehicle is in motion.

In documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Hyundai said that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue. Hyundai dealerships will reinstall the windshields on affected vehicles, free of charge.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled
• 2021 Hyundai Elantra sedans manufactured between Oct. 29, 2020 and Jan. 8, 2021
• 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs and Hyundai Sonata sedans manufactured between Oct. 29, 2020 and Dec. 17, 2020

The problem: Due to an issue with a third-party supplier’s clear coat paint, the adhesive used to bond the windshield to the vehicle’s body may fail in a crash.

The fix: Hyundai dealerships will reinstall the windshields, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Hyundai will begin contacting owners of affected vehicles by mail starting on Feb. 25, 2022. Owners may also contact Hyundai at 855-371-9460. 

NHTSA campaign number: 21V00M000. Hyundai’s own number for this recall is 216.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.