Seen At 11: More Than 400 Complaints Nationwide Of Exploding Car Sunroofs

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.


One Comment

  1. Rich McCarty says:

    Just happened to my wife 2 weeks ago in CT. For no apparent reason the sunroof shattered while driving on an open road with nothing overhead. Lucky to have the shade closed! Drive with your shade closed! And, BTW, the sunroof had just been serviced at the dealer as part of a routine car service (no idea why the sunroof needed service, we didn’t ask for it). So odd!

  2. julie migliorisi says:

    Just happened to me and my husband on the Garden State Parkway on July 17th I was driving a 2008 Cadillac SRX . If the sunshade was not closed, we would have had glass all over us. It was loud and pretty scary.

  3. Squafdonoboles says:

    Aren’t these sunroofs supposed to be made of safety glass?

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