Almost 900 Hyundai Veloster sports cars have been recalled in Australia to repair a defect with the South Korean coupes’ panoramic glass sunroofs.

The recall affects 882 Veloster models sold in Australia between November 1, 2011 and April 17, 2012.

The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) website explains:

“The panoramic sunroof glass may have been damaged when fitted to the vehicle. A damaged sunroof glass may fracture unexpectedly when the vehicle is parked or being driven.

“If the defect occurs, it may pose a laceration hazard to occupants of the vehicle.”

The local sunroof recall follows an investigation into the issue by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US in October 2012 and a subsequent recall by Hyundai USA in December.

Hyundai Australia public relations general manager Bill Thomas confirmed there have been seven reports of cracked sunroofs by local customers but no accidents or injuries linked to the defect.

Thomas said the recall affected only naturally aspirated Hyundai Veloster models, as the Veloster Turbo was not introduced to Australia until after the defective build-date range.

Hyundai Australia encourages affected customers to contact their dealer as soon as possible to arrange an inspection of the sunroof. The inspection should take around 12 minutes and a replacement will take around 30 minutes if required. The work will be completed at no cost to owners.

The Hyundai Veloster enjoyed a hugely successful Australian market debut in 2012. Hyundai Australia sold 4107 across the country, making it by far the most popular vehicle in the sub-$80,000 sports car segment.




  • Dave W

    In before the haters.

    • $29896495

      Dave prepare yourself – But let me point something out that was highlighted in the story. (I do realize they all do it) They knew there was a fault. Hyundai knew of the faulty glass and that it was installed in cars, yet they didn’t do anything of their own volition.

    • Don Quay

      You seem a little sensitive

      • Dave W

        Really? Just read the comments below. I think my statement is spot on.

        • Don Quay

          Really? Half the discussion is a bunch of w@nkerz arguing who has the smartest phone. The other half is the same people arguing about the relative degree of ugliness in the Velosturd. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that name, in a juvenile way I think that is quite funny.)

          • Dave W

            What do you think “haters” mean?

          • Don Quay

            Does it mean someone who can’t afford an iPhone?

          • Dave W

            Well I guess you’re not as smart as I thought you were.

          • Sumpguard

              I never thought he was smart Dave. Welcome aboard.

  • TG

    Tragic.

  • Exar Kun

    It’s just bizarre that it’s categorised as a sports car. Quirky hatch yes, but sports car I don’t think so.

    • Golfmother

      Agreed, looks like a bread van that an elephant sat on , just ugly will date soo fast .

      • Elantra

        I would choose the Veloster over the old boring Golf

        • F1orce

          What loser, who chooses ‘ELANTRA’ for their name LMAO??

          • Elantra

            Use your common sense! Ohh you don’t have one because you’re narrow minded. That’s my car’s name. And what loser, who chooses ‘F1orce’ for their name? Is that even a word?

          • Pls

            At least the Elantra isn’t as bland and boring as the Camry.

        • Golfmother

          Obviously you have no taste

          • Robin_Graves

            The only taste you have is remnants from atm. Buying a faux prestige euro car does not make you tasteful, just makes you a tryhard.

          • Golf from a different mother

            Outgoing Gen Golf is one ugly car… Heavy and cheap, resold as semi prestige hatchback… I test drove the Golf R, feels like a brick on the road, weighs over 1500kg. Ridiculous. The New Range Rover Sport will weigh less. This is for boy racers upgrading from their rocketship Corollas.

        • Zaccy16

          why? do you want no practicality, rubbish handling and lifeless steering, slow base engine and quality issues

      • Zaccy16

        exactly! i hoped the recall fixed the styling because of people vomiting everyone when they saw it and it was a health risk!

        • Robin_Graves

          I wish you and your mate flogmother could be recalled to change out your veedud programmed spelling chip.

    • Sturmgewehr

      more power and torque than a gt86, which is considered a ‘sports car’, and it costs less also

      • F1orce

        Yeah more power and torque and yet somehow it’s slower..

        Makes you think.

        • Henry Toussaint

          The turbo has a Faster 0-100 time…7.3 vs 7.5. I know that’s hardly any difference, but still slightly faster.

          • Blair Waldorf

            Seriously? who cares which one is faster to 100 by 0.2s, what matters is which is more fun on a twisty road, no prize for guessing the Toyota would be 10x more fun to drive on any road…

          • Sturmgewehr

            try telling your mates that you ‘had more fun on the twistys’ at a track day when they beat you in a stock veloster. personally, I would rub salt into the wound until my sides hurt from laughter if someone tried to use that line at a track day

          • F1orce

            Hahahaa STRUMGEWEHR have you personally witnessed a ‘stock’ Veloster beating the GT-86? Obviously not

            So before opening those traps why not just STFU?

          • Robin_Graves

            Let alone getting caned at the lights by an au falcon on gas with 500k on the clock. Ft86 is just another hairdresser’s car until they bolt on a hairdryer

          • Sumpguard

            Yeah but what about when you’re back on the freeway and have to look at the cheap nasty interior in the Toyota?

          • Blair Waldorf

             @956aba10323eda864c1a1b6326a824bc:disqus you’d look stupid taking a veloster to a track day, and i can almost guarantee the 86 will be quicker around a track, so i dunno, i’d be laughing at the guy who takes Hyundai to a track.

      • Zaccy16

        the handling of the veloster is worse than normal hatchbacks eg ( mazda 3, mazda 2, focus, fiesta, golf, polo etc… has better handling) it has lifeless steering and it looks horrible when the 86/brz has fantastic handling and doesn’t make you look sick when you look at it

        • Robin_Graves

          You wouldn’t even know spaccy seeing as you are never more than 5 minutes from your keyboard.

          • $29896495

            Saw an interesting article on another site the other day. It talked about reliability, and which manufacturers had the most and least. Apparently The three major Germans are amongst the worst for reliability. It was put down to being early adopters of new unproven tech and outsourcing said dubious tech, and not sorting issues in house. 

        • Golfmother

          All hundi’s have rubbish handling , bubbles burst , this is a flop , anyone driving this looks like a goose , one for poseurs with no brains .

          • Robin_Graves

            Neither of you have the driving skills to ever get anywhere near the limit of handling in any car. Pikes peak record is only broken by cars that handle, not cars that are broken before the finish line.

          • Sumpguard

            LoL .
            A client’s daughter’s veedud goof is on its third set of injectors inside 2 years. It handled beautifully chained to the back of a flat top.

          • TheRealThomas

            So its about time Hyundai put the feel back into their real road cars. The Pikes Peak vehicle they built can no way be compared to the (vomits in mouth) Veloster.

          • $29896495

            The Real Thomas below, funny, and true.

  • DS

    Hows is the Hyundai Volester in the ‘sub-$80,000 sports car segment’ ???

  • Ta Ta!

    Bad week for Hyundai. First they scrap the i45 and now defects with the veloster.

    Not offering Australians much confidence. Oh well I’ll just have to look up my closest Toyota dealership.

    • Ted

      Yes I agree – was have been looking at the i30 woth s/roof, however now there may be another decision. I looked at the Toyota Corolla and drove it yesterday, but it’s nice to look at but like a truck to drive. What to buy now ?

      • Guest

        You 2 are idiots Hyundai has a of 882 cars and all of a sudden nope stuff that I’m going with Toyota who has only recalled about 20 million cars in the last 2 years makes perfect sense to me. Just the target market Toyota wants no brained idiots who seemed to have missed all the recalls and problems with their cars of late.

    • Elantra

      Goodluck choosing your lemon at your local Toyota shop, they have more recalls compare to Hyundai.

    • Golfmother

      And the korean wong tong currency is heading north so you can look forward to some fat price rises , bubbles burst .

      • JayKay

        Hey Golfmother, there is no need for you to carry on like redneck racist trailer park trash with that ignorant racist drivel.  Show some respect.  

        FYI the Korean currency is the “won”.  Your ignorant use of pseudo asian gibberish by using the term “wong tong” is pathetic, and insults a whole nation and those who have come from there.

        Over the decades, I have noted a very high correlation between those who use racist drivel and very low levels of intelligence.

        If you wish to show your intelligence, please refrain from using insults, and stick to expressing well balanced and well thought out views on cars only.

        • Golfmother

          Lighten up man with stolen name , better start chasing Juliar’s boyfriend , man that must have raised your heckles .

  • Ted

    Yes I agree – was have been looking at the i30 with s/roof, however now there may be a nother decision. I looked at the Toyota Corolla and drove it yesterday, but it’s nice to look at but like a truck to drive. What to buy now ?

  • Blair Waldorf

    Anyone else think the Velosturd is starting to look hideous? Age is really doing nothing to its styling, they’ve gone for every cheap trick to get some attention/visual impact, so it’ll age very, very fast.

    • $29896495

      What do you mean starting?

  • Maple Leaf

    Funny how VW gets dragged into every discussion. Reminds me of android v iPhone debates!

    • Zaccy16

      hahaha, you have started the debate now! iPhone 5 kicks android in the ar*e

      • Robin_Graves

        Another uninformed comment from another ‘image enthusiast’. Sgs3 and gn2 wipe the floor with apple’s flawed fashion accessories. I bet you talked up apple maps too hey? Perfct combo, apple maps and a broken polio. Try guiding the towtruck to your breakdown with apple maps see how you go spaccy.

        • Golfmother

          Google galaxy S3 “sudden death ” , they have a big issue .

          • Sumpguard

            Google “Golfmother is an idiot”. Better still follow the iphone map app and “get lost” . I think you have the S3 and the Veedud DSG confused Goofmongrel. Now that’s sudden death!!
            I’ve had My S3 since not long after they came out and not a single issue. The phone is brilliant but then pretty much every review rated it above the iphone except of course those from apple.
            My previous phone was the original galaxy which my partner now has and again no issues 3 years on.
            ….and Zaccy you are so foolish it isn’t even funny anymore. That 42″ LCD your mum put in your play room came from Korea!! They build the best flat panels on earth and supply most of the major brands.

          • $29896495

            You are right of course, there is nothing wrong with the Galaxy S3. In fact, the iPhone 5 is only catching up. As it’s always been. Trouble is the Apple lovers don’t know their phone is a generation behind.

          • Zaccy16

            My led tv is actually a Panasonic that is made in Malaysia!!

          • Sumpguard

            Yep you’re a total moron. Malaysia does NOT make panels. Panasonic use LG . Oh and just incase you haven’t work it out yet, they are KOREAN.

          • Zaccy16

            On both of my Panasonic led and LCD TVs they both say assembled In Malaysia on a big sticker!!

          • Sumpguard

            Does someone else want to explain the difference between “assembled” and manufactured” to this clown. I’m done .

          • Golfmother

            Slumgaurd i got my S3 in august after having a trouble free S2 , be warned i had this issue , as i said google S3 sudden death , its an issue and samsung are working on a fix ., i still love my S3 , but now there is the doubt .

        • Zaccy16

          Samsung is like a Hyundai actually, cheap and nasty build quality, iPhone, iPad and mac are vastly superior in the aluminium finish and build quality compared to cheap Samsung

          • Robin_Graves

            A fool and their money are easily parted. Apple know they have lost the battle hence the pathetic lawsuits. Look at apple’s latest financial reports. They are history. Only image concious brain dead sheeple buy apple, a bit like VeeDud owners. Btw the sudden death exploit has been patched. Open source for you, exploits patched within weeks not covered up to protect apple’s so called unhackable image.

          • The Real Wile E

            People that invested in Apple have made squillions. Until recently it was the largest company in the world.It ain’t going away any time soon and it must have been doing something right.
            Innovation is the key which is sadly lacking in Asian companies.

          • $29896495

            yeah they aren’t going any where but the stock is, it was on the news yesterday for having a massive slump. But it’s probably just find it’s real level. Really we are talking about Google as opposed to Apple. Not Asia verses the US.

          • $29896495

            Zaccy come on, Samsung put iPhones together, and China. There’s nothing special about them. The iPhone has never been a leader in the tech, it has and still does lack functions of Androids and as you probably know has always come out second behind galaxy when compared in a test environment. Which by the way isn’t subject like cars.

          • Zaccy16

            How can apple always be behind Samsung when the first iPhone was the first easy to use smart phone that people actually wanted to buy!

          • Sumpguard

            ….and they’ve been playing catch up ever since.

          • $29896495

            We’re talking sept 07 to nov 07 for Android. So they were developed pretty much the same time. Taking a bit longer enabled the Android phone to be a more complete apparatus so that’s not a bad thing.

        • F1orce

          No!

          Apple Iphone is vastly superior.. The Iphone is a completely in house-design, both the software and hardware are designed by Apple.

          This ensures smooth and consistent operation.

          Using the SG3, BLACKBERRY, NOKIA etc etc are simply not as good as the Apple Iphone,

          In fact Samsung is exactly like Hyundai, impressive paper specs, but they’re pathetic with real world performance.

          • Dave W

            iPhone vastly superior… Don’t make me laugh. I can multitask with my Galaxy Note 2, and I’m talking about running two apps at the same time, not just pausing one app. Real 720p HD resolution. NFC, Oh and it comes with a real MAP app that won’t get me lost. ;)

          • F1orce

            Good for you.

            quite funny & ironic you make use of the word ‘app’

            –something that Apple came up with, and wannabe try hard brands like SAMSUCK try and cheaply imitate

            Look Tablets have been out a long, long time. But since Apple started making them, everyone else followed suit.

            The people who buy Samsung think they’re some sort of superior intelligent type.

          • $29896495

            The Apple didn’t even have a camera for ages. Who’s copying who?

          • Dave W

            We are intellectually superior, because we’re not dumb enough to pay more for less and broken.

            Did I mention we have widgets that can be customised? Heck, we can even customised the icons and even the whole UI. Do you know what UI is?

            Oh… Apple came up with shortening the word “application”. They’re sooo much better than the rest of us… not!! Just because Apple came up with it first, doesn’t mean they’ll always be the best. There’s this thing called “innovation” that people do to improve on it while Apple rests on their laurels.

            So how’s Apple Map treating you? lol

          • Sumpguard

            Unlike the apple sheep that don’t think at all ! App is short for “application” . They can’t sue Samsung for that ,though no doubt as their market share continues to slide they’ll try.
            No doubt you thought it was short for APP le!

          • F1orce

            But think about it like this. Apple only sells 1 type of phone, when ever Apple starts something new everyone then follows, their products are very innovative, the IOS user interface is the fastest, smoothest and most sophisticated,

            And consider this, Apple with 15% market share controls 70% of the profits. All achieved with a single phone.

            How many phones does Samsung have in their lineup?

            And let’s not forget all the massive royalties Samsung pays for google and the fact that Google could at anytime withdraw Android and leave Samsung in the dust.

          • $29896495

            Firstly, not everyone wants the same handset. that’s why Samsung have different ones. Another thing to take into account for you Apple fan boys, I’ve moved people off iphones onto galaxies and ALL have been completely happy. They praise them for their ease of use, versatile functions. There is nothing wrong with Apple but they are a phone designed for one type of user (two counting the trend followers) They aren’t everything to every man. They seriously haven’t been innovators but followers. Sure they have a stylish case and a nice operating system, but so do the others, they are just different. Apple have some major flaws too. Because they are computer builders first and phone builders second.

          • F1orce

            Android fans, in whom are silly will never admit the Apple phone is better. Better in everyway.
            Seriously what’s the point of good paper specs if your device lags and doesn’t run smoothly.

            The IPhone 5 despite not having the most powerful ‘engine’ somehow manged to actually have the best performce. The Operating system, network and everythingbelsevis faster than anything Android.

            The problem is that Samsung has never defined an era of a consumer dominant device such as the APPLE IPOD or SONY WALKMAN

            Samsung just follows and never sets a trend in anything.

            Just look at the thin OLED display, Sony has had a prototype for over 5yrs, where as Samsung just brought their prototype out this year..

          • $29896495

            The thing you aren’t taking into account is that, in this case the Galaxy always tests (that’s not on paper) tests, better. When it comes down to it, the iphone is good, but because Apple haven’t allowed it to for example transfer phone books, not have a camera, then only one then two. they went HD after everyone else had already gone there. The iPhone is primarily a computer, and less of a phone where as the Google Android, no matter what brand is as much a phone as it is a computer. Speaking of which the Android will work comfortably with any computer, the iphone wont.

          • $29896495

            Nokia use Windows 8, and Blackberry their own operating system, neither as good as the Android. Just as you know what we are talking about is Google designed and licensed Android phone as opposed to Apple, which isn’t as good..

          • The Real Wile E

            Over one third of Google apps have malware.
            Not good.
            Quality control is a major selling point for Apple.

          • $29896495

            The reason for that is of course that anyone can commission an “app” from some one working hand to mouth in India, and they cross sell it.  It’s an issue not only in mobile phones but also computer programs. 

    • Don Quay

      All you morons have really gotten sucked in with this discussion. The is an article about a major quality stuff up by Hyundai i.e. exploding sunroofs. Go over to Whirlpool if you want to argue about which phone looks best in your handbag.

  • Andre

    Amusing to read how people have a go at one another and criticize someone for their choice and then suggest (in no uncertain terms at times) what’s the better choice.. I think it’s great to have so much choice and really no choice is wrong if it makes someone happy…

    Veloster as such has no appeal to me personally but if its your thing knock yourself out.. Same with the “Subyota” and the VW range but hey, again, your thing and makes you happy then go for it.

  • TomW

    Who gives a flying **** about yuppy sticks? Let’s talk about cars…

  • TheRealThomas

    This vehicle needs to be recalled for bad design.

    • $29896495

      true

  • Poison_Eagle

     Look at all the fanboys having a field day trashing the brand, over a minor non-essential part being recalled. I don’t really like Hyundai but Get a F*cking Life!!!

    • Golfmother

      Having a melt down toxic sparrow .

      • Poison_Eagle

         Yeah I forgot I was on a car forum after all. :-
        BTW I notice ‘Bill Thomas’ PR relations manager,  is that the former editor of Wheels?

  • C Mike Hunt

    The Velosturd is an ugly, ill handling, under performing piece of junk now with major quality issues. In other words, a typical Hyundai.

  • F1orce

    When will the Genesis Coupe arrive in Australia?!!

    • $29896495

      I think you’ll find when you new model comes out.

    • Sally Forth

      Hyundai will never sell the Genesis in Australia, even if they do make it in RHD. They couldn’t sell the i45 to anyone but Avis and the other rentals and the market here won’t accept them as anything other than a mainstream brand, if not just a budget maker. The market will never accept Hyundai or Kia as a premium brand.

      Honda can’t do it with the Legend, Mazda tried it years ago with Eunos, Nissan are having a crack at it again with the Infiniti with limited interest (tarted up Datsuns after all) and Toyota only really sell the IS and RX in the Lexus range, their others, LS, GS etc, have very poor sales in their segments.

      The only Genesis models you will ever see in this country will be 2nd hand grey imports from other RHD markets. Who would want a used Hyundai from the UK or RSA?

      • Sally Forth

        BTW, don’t think I am saying the i45 is a premium car. I was referring to it’s size in the medium/large segment. Hyundai can’t sell anything other than small cars and SUVs.

      • F1orce

        Well that’s sad if true..

      • $29896495

        The Genesis Coupe has been confirmed in the next model roll out for RHD and coming here. Sedan, you are right, three reasons, Hyundai’s lack of acceptance for anything bigger than a medium  car at a below medium price. The way they look. Plus big cars are dying, why would you stick a big car into a market which is shrinking?

  • Dreamin’

    Wow so many dumbshit comments and unbelievable bickering. No wonder why I don’t bother much with this site anymore…

    • JayKay

      I totally agree with you Dreamin’.  It is getting ridiculous, especially when they start throwing insults.  This forum should be discussing balanced views on cars only.

      • Golfmother

        Welcome to the real world .

  • Tony Abbotts No 1 fan

    The whole car should be recalled as being irrelevant, just a piece of Korean fashion junk. I wait for their next piece of fashion irrelevance.

    • $29896495

      Nothing wrong with a car being a fashion statement, after all, that’s been part of what cars in general have been all about. Hyundai’s style problem, well looking at the Veloster and the others tells you what it is.