The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that the 2019 Hyundai Veloster has received its Top Safety Pick award, but there’s a caveat.
When the second-generation Hyundai Veloster was originally tested by the IIHS, it did not receive the Top Safety Pick award because of an issue with the driver’s side door. During the first test, the driver’s side door opened during the crash, which could lead to an occupant being ejected in a crash. Following the test, Hyundai modified the door beginning with models built after January 2019 and in a second crash test the door stayed closed.
Hyundai is now recalling all Velosters build before February to apply the fix.
To qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle has to receive good ratings in driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The vehicle also needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating.
Only the Turbo, Turbo Ultimate and Turbo R-Spec trim levels received Top Safety Pick award, since those trim levels come with premium headlights that were rated as acceptable. The Veloster’s base headlights received a poor rating.