The NHTSA Office of Defect Investigation is looking into eleven complaints received from owners of 2012 Hyundai Veloster vehicles, who allege that their panaromic sunroofs shattered or exploded.
Of the eleven complaints, seven of the owners say that the sunroof shattered while driving at typical highway speeds. “I was driving, making a left hand turn from a stop light and then heard a very loud bang! The sunroof above me shattered and fell all over me, the car, and outside,” one Veloster owner wrote in a submitted complaint to NHTSA.
Other owners complaints indicate that there were no abnormal conditions on the day when the sunroof shattered, such as high or low temperature, with one owner even reporting that it happened while he was washing his car, saying that glass flew up to six feet in all directions.
The defect is being investigated, and may result in a recall if the sunroofs are found to be defective.