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Hyundai Veloster investigated over exploding sunroof

By SYF77 on 12 Oct 2012

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A fabulous feature of the new Hyundai Veloster is its one-and-a-half sized sunroof, which gives your head a little breathing room in the rakishly-shaped car. However, this feature has turned out to be a nightmare for certain owners as they experienced an earth-shattering phenomenon literally.

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The US National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) is conducting investigations over complaints on the Velosterís glass sunroof which can spontaneously explode. Currently, a total of 15 such cases have been filed. These owners reported that they heard a loud bang and a downpour of shattered glass followed.

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A woman who was driving home from her first oil change and tire rotation on the Veloster had to sit through the unpleasant experience.

ďAll of the sudden there was a loud bang like a gunshot, and I heard something raining down on my car," she said in the complaint. "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." Jim Trainor, a spokesman for Hyundai, said the company is working with NHTSA to look into the problem.

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All the vehicles with the reported problem apparently have less than 4,800 km on the odometer. This is clearly a case of manufacturing defect. If you own a Veloster, perhaps it is good to put on your SAF safety helmet until Hyundai clarifies on the issue. [drivingcar]

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Jerrcik Oct 12 2012 11:12 PM
hmm..thats interesting. such breakge in sunroof often starts with improper glass smelting n leaves air pockets in the glass which expands under high heat exposure n thus "burst" the sunroof....lol...
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