Consumer Reports Warns of the Dangers of Exploding Car Sunroofs
Cars have many dangerous parts that can maim or kill occupants if they malfunction. However, a new threat has emerged from an unlikely source. Recently, Consumer Reports warned about the dangers of exploding car sunroofs.
The investigation by Consumer Reports revealed exploding sunroof are no longer a freak occurrence. More and more sunroofs are failing.
Although a sunroof is not integral to the safety of a vehicle in the same way as brakes or tires, the notion of a sunroof exploding is an alarming one. Not only might this shower the occupants of a vehicle with broken glass, but a sunroof shattering while a car is being driven might cause a crash.
A Houston woman claims her car’s sunroof exploded while she was driving, a problem Consumer Reports said is happening more frequently.
Tameka Moore told Consumer Reports her sunroof exploded while she was driving along a freeway. It sounded like a shotgun. It exploded from the inside out, leaving the glass on the sunroof sticking up.
In Utah, Heather Savage had two children strapped in her car when the sunroof on her Nissan Pathfinder gave way.
Savage reported hearing a loud, powerful explosion that sent her heart racing as she drove down the road.
Consumer Reports spoke to Sina Sobhani of Atlas Auto Glass who said the roofs appeared to be exploding when they were hit by debris. However, the Consumer Reports investigation suggested sunroofs are randomly exploding without being hit by projectiles or debris. Consumer Reports has received more than 850 complaints of exploding sunroofs. The issue may be linked to increasingly large sunroofs which are curved.
The investigation found drivers were being charged more than $2,000 to repair sunroofs. However, the situation could potentially be more serious if accidents and injuries are caused by these malfunctions.
Shattered sunroofs have been reported in at least 208 models of vehicles representing 35 brands.
Hyundai models reported the highest number of exploding sunroofs. There were 119 explosions. Ford models suffered 85 explosions and 82 sunroofs shattered on Nissans.
A class action lawsuit has been launched in California. It claims automakers are failing to protect vehicle owners and are selling vehicles with known safety defects. Consumer Reports highlighted records of class action lawsuits against Hyundai, Nissan, Kia, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, among car makers.
The Dangers of Exploding Car Sunroofs and Other Hazards
In recent years, numerous defects on automobiles have led to safety recalls. In some cases, these issues resulted in deaths of drivers and passenger.
More than 4,300 claims were filed against General Motors over an ignition switch defect that was linked to sudden acceleration. Of 399 eligible claims, 124 were death claims and 17 were victims with serious physical injuries that resulted in quadriplegia, paraplegia, permanent brain damage, double amputation, or pervasive burns.
A carmaker has a duty to keep drivers and passengers safe. However, many of the big manufacturers routinely fail in this duty leaving them open to potential lawsuits from people who are injured.
If you or a loved one has been hurt due to a defect on a car, please call our Virginia Beach accident injury lawyers as soon as possible at (757) 455-0077.