The federal safety regulators have recently been investigating the 2012 Hyundai Veloster due to a series of reports alleging that the vehicle’s panoramic sunroof has exploded or shattered while this is parked or running at highway speed. However, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has cleared out that no recall orders were issued against the 2012 Hyundai Veloster.
According to the NHTSA, the agency has received a total of 11 complaints from different parts of the country stating that the panoramic sunroof that was installed as an optional feature of the Veloster has exploded or shattered while these are parked or in motion. Due to these complaints, the NHTSA was triggered to conduct its preliminary investigation in order to verify the allegations included on the series of complaints that the agency has already received.
Hyundai Motor America through the statement provided by the car maker’s spokesman Jim trainor have also assured their consumers that they are also conducting their own evaluation that would help them verify the allegations and somehow provide a workable solution to the potential problem.
Trainor has also stressed out that Hyundai would be working closely with the NHTSA in evaluating the reports despite the fact that both of them are conducting separate investigations.
Based on the NHTSA’s estimation, these complaints might probably affect about 18,361 units of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster that were already delivered to the company’s dealerships as well as those that were sold to their consumers.
Fortunately, the NHTSA has not yet received reports that this issue has caused injuries or fatalities. This issue is also considered as a major concern by Hyundai and the NHTSA since the shattered glass from a damaged sunroof could cause injuries to car occupants and distract the driver that might lead to collision.
The 2012 Veloster is a 4-passenger and 3-door hatchback that Hyundai Motor America is selling in the US and in other areas of North America. The base model is currently sold at a starting price of $17,300 excluding the applicable shipping charges. This is known for its impressive fuel economy ratings, distinct styling, and longer warranty coverage. The vehicle is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission and capable of producing the maximum power output of up to 138 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque.
Although Hyundai and the NHTSA are still on the process of conducting the preliminary investigation, a lot of car experts are convinced that this might lead to a massive recall issue in the event that the source of the problem would be considered severe.