• Oct 5, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation following complaints from drivers that the sunroofs on the Hyundai Veloster are prone to spontaneously exploding.

There are 15 complaints in the NHTSA database from drivers who say they heard a loud bang, and then sat through a downpour of glass.

One woman said she was driving home from getting her first oil change and tire rotation on the Veloster.

"All of the sudden there was a loud bang like a gunshot, and I heard something raining down on my car," reads the complaint, which is listed without any identifying information in the NHTSA database. "I looked in the mirror and saw glass flying everywhere... The glass was in my hair, down the back of my shirt and my pants."

All of the incidents happened on very new models, with less than 3,000 miles on the odometer. Two people said the roof exploded while the car was parked. One person was hosing the car down in the driveway when the glass shattered. This person said the glass flew as far as six feet away from the car.

Jim Trainor, a spokesman for Hyundai, said the company is working with NHTSA to look into the problem.

"Our evaluation is in the very early stages and Hyundai is in the process of examining each report," Trainor said. "As always, we will work closely with NHTSA on this evaluation."


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      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      We get it. It is a cheap car.
      testdrive2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't surprise me. It's a Hyundai. Crappy cheap cars.
      krelltunez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why was she getting an oil change with less than 3,000 miles on the car? That's not necessary on new cars.
        Al Terego
        • 2 Years Ago
        @krelltunez
        When was the last time you bought a new car? It's routine now to have an early oil change to flush out any metal contaminates(ie, metal shavings, burs, etc.) that come off newly installed parts.
          sjmoo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Al Terego
          Wow people really don't read their owner's manuals. It is indeed recommended for most new cars that an oil change (but ONLY an oil change) occur prior to 3,000 miles. It is NOT required and often isn't covered under most "free maintenance" programs, but it is recommended for engine longevity. This recommendation is the result of more people spending more time in traffic, thus qualifying for "severe" maintenance schedules.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Al Terego
          @ Al Terego What in the hell do you think oil filters do? You couldn't be any more wrong. @ sjmoo I guess you haven't read any owners manuals lately. NO new car recommends changing the oil PRIOR to 3,000 miles. Most factory fills contain far more molybdenum than regular oil to assist with break in periods. Honda, Toyota, Subaru and Mercedes all do this, and I am very sure many other manufacturers do this as well. Both of you need to do some research.
          k9182
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Al Terego
          No it isn't, unless that's a US-only thing. And what about the tire rotation? at < 3000 miles? Really?
        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @krelltunez
        Most people that care about their vehicles get an early oil change +filter on a brand-new vehicle for the first time. After that, sure you can go 5K miles w/o issue on synthetic with a good oil filter. Cheap insurance.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @krelltunez
        Because personal preference? There are a lot of people who don't put much stock in the factory oil change intervals.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Serves them right for buying such a hideous car.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Now THAT is funny-!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        [blocked]
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's so ugly that even the glass is committing suicide...
        amac
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Next it will be the tires, for not wanting to carry the burden anymore.
      GN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone surprised? It's only about the looks with cheap materials in disguise.
        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GN
        if it would only be about the looks...this thang is one of the ugliest POS on the road!!!It shatters the principals of tasteful design and asthetics.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      That sucks. Veloster owners now have to deal with an ugly car AND shattering sunroofs. DAMN THAT GERMAN ENGINEERI....oh, wait.
      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      this car is awful, it looks decent but if you drive one its like driving a mid 90s golf with a vr6. the glass is probably breaking because the chassis moves so damn much.
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      well, I have always said you get what you pay for... clearly Hyundai cuts corners, I have heard that even the plastics they use are full of carcinogens... Cheap car side effects, sorry Veloster lovers
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        So I guess Ford cut corners when my friends moonroof on his Fusion did the same thing?
      rem
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always knew this car was cutting edge.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rem
        [blocked]
      tiguan2.0
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I was a glass roof stuck on top of that ugly wart, I'd try to fly off and away too.
      amac
      • 2 Years Ago
      One day, this car be inducted into the ugly car hall-of-fame, taking its rightful place among the Aztek, Pacer, Multipla, et al.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @amac
        naah. It doesn't even come close to the ugliness of Mini Cooper, VW Beetle, Audi Allroad, BMW X6, and 5 series GT.
        Ryth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @amac
        Agreed...this car had potential in the concept but then they really went off the wagon with the final. The front I love...after that, it looks like another team designed the sides and another team designed the back and none of the teams talked to each other. Probably the ugliest car Hyundai has designed.
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