Sunroofs Spontaneously Shattering, Says KPRC

The drivers who have experienced a spontaneous sunroof shattering say it sounds like a gunshot or an explosion. Then broken glass rains down onto their body. The shock of this situation would likely make it difficult to focus on driving. It sounds terrifying, yet it is happening to Houston drivers. Why is this happening, and what can drivers do to minimize their chances of a spontaneous shatter?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received hundreds of complaints about this problem. Audi and Hyundai have both voluntarily recalled several models of vehicles that may be affected. But other makers, including Kia, have received many complaints, yet continue to blame the problem on external objects, like a rock or piece of road debris.

Donald Phillips, an engineer who works in accident investigations and specializes in auto glass, says that part of the problem is that vehicle manufactures are being pushed by the federal government to build lighter vehicles that get better gas mileage. The manufacturers use thinner metals and thinner glass, which takes less movement or force to break.

Phillips says that certain tricks can help keep your sunroof intact. He says that opening the shade on your sunroof while you are out of the vehicle can prevent heat from building up and putting pressure on the sunroof glass. Also, he suggests getting tint applied to the sunroof, so that if it does shatter, the glass will not fall down on you.

If you or someone you know has experienced a spontaneous sunroof shatter, or been injured as a result of a defective product of any kind, speak to a products liability claims attorney. An experienced lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve.

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