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Posted: 3/27/2017 6:48:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 6:50:55 PM EDT
I thought manual interior trunk latch releases were mandatory after 2012 or so?
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 6:53:22 PM EDT
Sounds like the body shop forgot to replace it after the car was rear-ended by a bus.
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 6:55:30 PM EDT
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I thought manual interior trunk latch releases were mandatory after 2012 or so?
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This, but that might not apply since the Veloster is a hatchback, and I believe there is access to the the main passenger area from the rear compartment.
If the trunk area is separate, then yes, there must be an interior emergency release that can be operated without tools.
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 6:56:43 PM EDT
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This, but that might not apply since the Veloster is a hatchback, and I believe there is access to the the main passenger area from the rear compartment.
If the trunk area is separate, then yes, there must be an interior emergency release that can be operated without tools.
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I had a 2012 Focus ST hatch, and I'm pretty sure it had a lever. You can't unlock the folding seatbacks from the "trunk" area anyway.
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 6:58:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:08:40 PM EDT
I had the interior trunk panel off of one of these recently for a hatch switch replacement.  It also did not have anything protruding.  The exterior switch was broken, so I had to crawl in the back and use a screwdriver to open the hatch from the interior.  

On that vehicle, the interior is completely accessible from the trunk, so no need for a "safety" release.
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:11:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:12:17 PM EDT
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I had the interior trunk panel off of one of these recently for a hatch switch replacement.  It also did not have anything protruding.  The exterior switch was broken, so I had to crawl in the back and use a screwdriver to open the hatch from the interior.  

On that vehicle, the interior is completely accessible from the trunk, so no need for a "safety" release.
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Fair enough.  Sounds like OP is good to go.
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:13:54 PM EDT
New or Used vehicle?
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:15:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:16:35 PM EDT
Like others said above. The vehicle was worked on.
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:16:39 PM EDT
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well...damn.

Yep - hers has been back twice for that hatch switch not working.  Also, there does not appear to be any control in the front cabin to actuate the rear hatch latch. The only method she says is the key fob. Can you confirm this?

My question is why would they even emboss that diagram on the rear panel if there wasn't supposed to be a protruding lever?
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A select few of the Velosters (I don't know the production date range) had an actual service campaign to replace the exterior hatch switch.  The others are just replaced if they break.  Basically people pull open the trunk with the button, instead of the bezel around it and the switch gets broken off of it's mount.  

As far as the diagram, you CAN open the trunk that way.  I don't know for sure, but you could probably use the vehicle key to operate it.  There is no electrical release inside the vehicle.  Just exterior switch, remote and the manual release inside the trunk.
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:17:25 PM EDT
Fabricate a solution? 

Sell solution on Ebay as a kit?

Profit?
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:32:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/27/2017 7:50:41 PM EDT
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War86 - thank you for the excellent information. Not what I was hoping to hear, but it answers all my questions.

The hive comes through again.  Awesome.
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Glad to be of help.
Link Posted: 4/16/2017 3:57:14 PM EDT
I've got two parking in the driveway now, a 2013 and a 2017. Neither has a knob, just the slot.
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