Hyundai recalls 63,000 sedans for unexpectedly turning into convertibles

That's not how the company envisioned open-top motoring, I'd imagine.

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If you feel like tailgating somebody, make sure it's not a new Sonata with a panoramic sunroof.

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A panoramic sunroof can make your car's interior feel very open. But it's probably not ideal when it doubles down on that openness by flying off the car completely.

To that end, Hyundai has issued a recall for 62,811 examples of two Sonata sedan variants sold in the US. The recall covers the 2015-2016 Sonata, with manufacture dates between 28 May 2014 and 18 March 2016. It also includes the 2015-2016 Sonata Hybrid, with manufacture dates between 8 December 2014 and 18 August 2015.

The specific problem is a poorly attached wind deflector that might interfere with the Sonata panoramic sunroof's moving parts, potentially causing a complete detachment of the glass panel. It could very well fall off the vehicle, and if that happens at speed, well, the person behind will get a hell of a surprise.

Hyundai said owners could catch the issue before it gets worse if they notice a loose wind deflector or have trouble closing the sunroof. Dealerships will fix the issue by repairing the wind deflector's anchor plate. Notifications should be sent out in early December. Thankfully, it's starting to get cold enough for owners not to feel the need to open the roof -- and if you have one of the affected vehicles, I'd suggest keeping that bad boy closed, too.

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