Reports Of Sunroofs Randomly Exploding Are Skyrocketing
The last few years have seen a massive uptick.
If you have a car with a sunroof, there is a chance that it could "explode" at any given moment. No, this is not The Onion.
According to a Consumer Reports indepentent investigation, exploding sunroofs are not such an incommon occurrence anymore. Relative to the amount of cars on the road it is an extremely small percentage, but the number of these strange happenings are on the rise.
Per the above image, we're seeing that most of the sunroof shattering is coming from more budget friendly car companies and models. According to the CR investigation, there are a few factors that could be at play here including glass type, actual sunroof size increase, and safety standards that haven't kept pace with the size increases.
"Our investigation has found that, with a few exceptions, automakers are not acknowledging or resolving the issue. It’s also clear that the safety standards and regulatory oversight of sunroofs have not kept pace with those dramatic size and design changes and that more needs to be done to guarantee they are safe. While experts we interviewed don’t necessarily agree on what is causing the explosions of glass, they align on this: The bigger the expanse of glass, the harder to ensure that it won’t shatter."
A local Florida news station looked in to this problem as well.
A new Consumer Reports investigation says the problem is more common than first thought.
As I said, and as CR reported innitially, the ods of this happening to you are extremely low. What's even more interesting is that it has been reported in 208 DIFFERENT models of cars since 1995. That, in my honest opinion, just shows that it truly could happen to anyone.
It likely will never happen to you, but it's something to keep in mind as you're driving and make sure you get with your dealer on these risks. Most have no idea what to do when it happens on both the consumer and the dealer side.