The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into reports alleging that the panoramic sunroofs on certain 2012 model year Hyundai Veloster compact cars suddenly shattered without warning.
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The agency’s office of defects investigation (ODI) has received 11 complaints from consumers alleging that the panoramic sunroof on their 2012 Hyundai Veloster “shattered or exploded.”
Seven of those complaints allege that the shattering sunroof occurred while the vehicle was in motion, usually at highway speeds.
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The NHTSA preliminary investigation, PE12027, lists the number of vehicles potentially affected as 18,361. The safety agency said it has also received field report data from the manufacturer regarding the alleged problem. The NHTSA document goes on to state that “Shattering glass could distract the driver, and the glass particles produced could injure occupants.”
The NHTSA said its ODI is opened the investigation to “analyze the scope, frequency and consequence of the alleged incidents.”