Is There A Recall On Hyundai Paint? What You Need to Know

Hyundai, one of the world’s largest automakers, is facing a class action lawsuit in Canada over the peeling paint issue that affects some of its vehicles.

The lawsuit alleges that Hyundai knew or should have known about the defect and failed to disclose it to consumers or provide adequate remedies.

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What is the peeling paint issue?

The peeling paint issue is a phenomenon of detachment by patches in Hyundai brand vehicles, more particularly in ‘white’ or ‘pearl white’ color, and even more particularly at roof level.

The issue has been observed everywhere in North America, especially in the United States.

The affected vehicles include certain 2017-2018 models of Elantra, Sonata, and Santa Fe Sport manufactured by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (“HMMA”).

The peeling paint issue can cause aesthetic and functional problems for the owners of the vehicles, such as reduced resale value, increased risk of rust and corrosion, and exposure to environmental elements.

What is Hyundai doing about it?

Hyundai has not issued any recalls over the peeling paint issue.

However, the company has extended the paint warranty coverage for the affected vehicles to the following:

1.2017 model year vehicles

6 years with unlimited miles from the date of original retail delivery or date of first use, whichever occurred first, and is valid for original and subsequent owners

2.2018 model year vehicles

5 years with unlimited miles from the date of original retail delivery or date of first use, whichever occurred first, and is valid for original and subsequent owners

The extended warranty covers the repair and refinish of the panels that may be affected by the white paint condition as per the Shop Manual, standard shop repair practices (paint matching & blending) and industry standards.

Hyundai also provides the customers with a Service Rental Car (SRC) during the visit.

What are the customers’ options?

The customers who own the affected vehicles can check their eligibility for the extended warranty by entering their VIN number on Hyundai’s website.

They can also contact their local Hyundai dealer to schedule an appointment for inspection and repair.

Alternatively, the customers can join the class action lawsuit against Hyundai if they are dissatisfied with the company’s response or want to seek additional compensation.

The lawsuit was filed in Quebec Superior Court on May 24, 2023, by a law firm representing the plaintiffs.

It seeks damages for breach of warranty, consumer protection violations, and negligence.

The lawsuit is still pending and has not been certified by the court.

Customers who wish to participate in the lawsuit can contact the law firm for more information.

How can I prevent my car’s paint from peeling?

Peeling paint is a common problem for car owners, especially if the car is exposed to harsh weather, chemicals, or sunlight.

Peeling paint can make your car look old and unattractive, and also increase the risk of rust and corrosion.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent your car’s paint from peeling or slow down the process. Here are some tips:

1.Keep your car clean.

Dirt, dust, bird droppings, and other contaminants can damage your car’s paint and cause it to peel.

Wash your car regularly with a mild car shampoo and a soft sponge or cloth. Rinse well and dry with a microfiber towel.

Avoid using abrasive cleaners, brushes, or sponges that can scratch your paint.

2.Wax your car regularly.

Waxing your car can create a protective layer over your paint and help prevent peeling.

Waxing can also restore the shine and gloss of your paint and make it look new. Use a high-quality car wax that is suitable for your car’s paint type and color.

Follow the instructions on the product and apply it evenly with a foam applicator or a microfiber pad.

Buff off the excess wax with a clean microfiber cloth.

3.Don’t use harsh chemicals or cleaners on your paint.

Some chemicals or cleaners can strip off your paint or damage your clear coat, which can lead to peeling.

Avoid using products that contain alcohol, ammonia, bleach, or acetone on your paint. Also, avoid using household cleaners, dish soap, or laundry detergent on your car.

These products can be too harsh for your car’s paint and cause it to fade or peel.

4.Park in the shade when possible.

Sunlight can cause your car’s paint to fade, crack, or peel over time.

UV rays can break down the molecular bonds of your paint and clear coat, making them weak and brittle.

To prevent this, park your car in the shade whenever possible, or use a car cover to protect your car from the sun.

You can also use a sunshade for your windshield to reduce the heat and UV exposure inside your car

5.Avoid driving in extreme weather conditions.

Extreme weather conditions, such as rain, snow, hail, or sandstorms, can also damage your car’s paint and cause it to peel.

These conditions can create moisture, salt, sand, or debris that can erode your paint and clear coat.

To prevent this, avoid driving in these conditions if possible, or wash your car as soon as possible after driving in them.

You can also apply a sealant or a ceramic coating to your car’s paint to provide extra protection and durability.

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