NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Drivers have something new to worry about while on the road – exploding sunroofs.
CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports there have been more than 400 complaints of exploding or shattering sunroofs. Some have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, involving as many as 13 car manufacturers.
Laura Lesniewski was driving with her three children in their minivan when she heard what sounded like a “bomb” that went off inside her car. She pulled back the sunroof partition to find a gaping hole and shards of glass raining down.
“I shut the partition right away and that’s what stopped the glass from coming in on me and my children,” she said.
Doug Simpson had a similar incident.
“It had exploded up,” he said.
Simpson believes it’s a manufacturer defect that caused it.
“It has to be because the car wasn’t even moving,” Simpson explained.
Experts and mechanics agree that cause is most likely pre-existing flaws in the glass.
“We deal with a lot of shattered sunroofs. Most likely they are always due to some kind of defect or mechanical issue,” a mechanic said.
NHTSA’s investigation is ongoing and recalls could be issued.
The agency wants to know if this has happened to you. If it has, click on this link to file your report.