The Veloster which was redesigned for 2019 in the first of two side tests, the driver door opened during the crash, which could lead to occupant ejection in a crash. Hyundai modified the door beginning with models built after January, and in a second side crash test the door stayed closed.
The award applies to Velosters with specific headlights that were built after August 2018.
Velosters built before Hyundai began implementing these modifications on the production line must have the recall completed to qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK award. The recall applies to models built before February.
The Veloster earns superior ratings for both its standard and optional front crash prevention systems, both of which avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. Only the optional system, however, includes a forward collision warning component that meets criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.