Back in December, Hyundai issued a recall affecting some 13,500 Veloster hatchbacks because their optional panoramic sunroofs could possibly shatter while the vehicle is in motion. Now, an expansion of that recall has been announced, with an additional 6,071 units of the 2012 model year hatchback figuring in to the problem.

The original recall covered cars built between November 1, 2011 and April 17, 2012, but this expansion concerns vehicles built from July 4, 2011 to October 31, 2011. Just like before, the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin states that these vehicles may be fitted with sunroofs that were inadvertently weakened during installation, and thus, can possibly break while the vehicle is in motion.

This second sunroof recall is expected to kick off next month. Dealers will inspect the sunroofs in these affected vehicles and will replace the whole assembly if necessary, free of charge. Scroll down to read the full NHTSA report.
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Report Receipt Date: FEB 19, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V051000
Component(s): VISIBILITY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,071

Vehicle Make - Model - Model Year(s)

HYUNDAI VELOSTER 2012

Manufacturer: Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc

SUMMARY

Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2012 Veloster vehicles manufactured from July 4, 2011, through October 31, 2011 and equipped with panoramic sunroofs. The panoramic sunroof assembly may have been weakened during installation at the factory.

CONSEQUENCE

If the assembly was weakend at the factory, the panoramic glass panel may break while the vehicle is in motion leading to personal injury or a vehicle crash.

REMEDY

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the sunroof's integrity and replace the sunroof glass assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall will begin in March 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

NOTES

Hyundai's recall campaign number is 108. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time to recall it for that hideous nose.
      zildjianpaiste
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...dealers will inspect the sunroof's integrity and replace the sunroof glass assembly, as necessary..." we received our recall notice and called one of our local dealers. the "inspection" (i am not making this up) is a ball bearing dropped through an 18" pvc pipe onto your sunroof... if the glass breaks they will replace it, if not your good to go. so, the broken glass goes where if it shatters? and interferes with how many interior components? I had a hard time containing my laughter, and he asked me to please call back in a few weeks as he doesn't have any glass in stock anyway, so if he breaks mine... oh, and hate if you must. but these are not any more "junk" or "garbage" than anything else out there. even toyota (angelic choir singing, golden harps strumming, forest creatures cooing) has recalls.
        al4gg10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zildjianpaiste
        But sometimes the manufacturers reaction to the recall is Worse than the original problem causing the recall. This test really does sound flawed from what you explained ! I still question whether or not Hyundai knows it was because of poor production techniques in the first place.
      soopershrink
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back the Yugo ( :
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the panoramic roof really helps with the claustrophobic feel inside of the Veloster, but I'm not surprised that they're having problems with it. I can't help but feel that the position of the stub antenna on the roof may be a factor with this problem of breaking glass panels. Every time I've seen one of these roof panels open, it seemed to hit the antenna, slightly. even lightly tapping the edge of a piece of glass repeatedly can cause micro-fractures and when combined with all of the temperature fluctuations and environmental exposures, a massive failure is not to be unexpected. Therefore, I would not be surprised to see an antenna relocation as part of the long-term solution for the roof problem. Besides, the current antenna location prevents the glass panel from moving back more than a few inches; moved, it could allow the roof to open to a near "Targa"-like level for a real open air experience.
      legaladvocate71
      • 1 Year Ago
      You’ve seen the TV ads on CBS, NBC, ABC and Academy Awards for Hyundai. What the ads do not tell you is that Hyundai officials Don Qumby, Frances Melodia, Nicolas Moss, Jeffrey Zwerling and corporate regional Jeffrey Phillips said between August 15 and October 26 2012 that Hyundai does not have and refused to provide warranty inspection and service to Hyundai vehicles. Lorraine Bonneau of Hyundai Corporate and S. Schwartz of the Better Business Bureau have not denied that this is the official practice of Hyundai Corporate. This practice violates federal regulations. The Hyundai Accent 2013 has been declared to be a Lemon under the applicable Lemon Law of California. See Youtube channel legaladvocate71.
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      My God, look at this car. And I thought Hondas were ugly!
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        I know, who buys these hideous things?
          askroon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob
          34,862 people in the US alone in 2012. Including myself. Apparently enough people, like me, think it looks great! And everywhere I go I get compliments and stares. I like mine better in silver with the style package wheels though than this white tech package in the photos. Here is mine: http://laveloster.com/2012/10/18/veloster-7500-mile-review/
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob
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      ianmcdonald357
      • 1 Year Ago
      People, they're Hyundais, what do you expect?
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ianmcdonald357
        I'm no fan of the Veloster and Hyundais in general (I'm OK with the Genesis sedan), but Hyundai is far from the only manufacturer with this problem. My friend's 2012 BMW 5 series had a sunroof explode within weeks of buying the car new.
        Lynda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ianmcdonald357
        No recalls in 13 years in my Hyundai cars. Had 5 recalls in 1 year with a Mercury Mystique. Just sayin!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lynda
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      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, sunroofs will shatter when the body / frame flexes too much. Don't they stress test these cars before selling them to the public ? Was this really a production problem Hyundai ?
      carnut122
      • 1 Year Ago
      Veloster- Korean for "broken sunroof."
      Yo G Dawg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not that anyone remembers, but in 2002 when the Toyota Matrix launched, they had two packages for the XRS, one had a sunroof (and 17" wheels) and the other had 18" wheels. Customers were miffed, they wanted both. What they didn't know was that in order to put in the sunroof, a portion of the structure was cut that helped with rigidity. Well the customers would put on their own 18" wheels to get the look they wanted. Problem was with the reduced rigidity, the car would flex more and lead to a large U-shaped crack that would form in the windshield. We had a few of the customers come in complaining about broken windshields, but with the original 17" rims back on. However, there was no wear on the factory original tires when there was 30k+ miles on the car. It was a tell tale sign of bigger rims. So what was happening was the low-profile tires forced the flex into the car body, instead of the sidewalls. That transfer went to the weakest part of the car, in this case the windshield. I assume this is a similar issue with the Veloster.
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Yo G Dawg
        ... so did Toyota try to tell people they voided their warranty with aftermarket wheels requiring no other modification? If that's all it takes to stress the car that much, they should have gone back to the drawing board to design the sunroof and frame correctly.
          Yo G Dawg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dayv
          Every Toyota warranty booklet has a page that says any damage coming from aftermarket parts wouldn't be covered. That's industry standard, as it should be.
          Yo G Dawg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dayv
          And remember, it doesn't take much flex, or vibration to fatigue parts. We're talking minute changes. Hatchbacks and wagons that are unibodies, rely on their roof more than a sedan since there is no cross-member in the trunk or back seat. That stress, when the front wheel towers are attached to the firewall (as they were in the Matrix) goes straight up the A-pillar to the roof. Like I said, vibration and flex will find the weakest point and stress it the most. For the Matrix it was the windshield, in this Veloster it's the sunroof. In the Scion tC it was the sunroof. It's not a matter of properly engineering the car. Some real world stress is very complicated to test, and slight alterations that happen in production (unintentionally) may have drastic consequences. This is the nature of developing cars that are rigid, but still try to be as light as possible to make their MPG targets (not to mention cost of materials)
        Justin Shaw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Yo G Dawg
        Valid point
        Porsche4life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Yo G Dawg
        Great point
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Garbage cars.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic. You get what you pay for, except hyundai has been charging much more lately!
        desinerd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        Good! You contradicted yourself, that too in a single sentence. Next time think before you write.
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        Korean krap.
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