Audi, Hyundai, and Volkswagen have all initiated voluntary safety recalls on vehicles with panoramic sunroof problems. All three manufacturers notified drivers of the danger and offered to repair the sunroofs free of cost.
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Drivers have also reported getting in “near-miss” accidents after their sunroofs shattered, while others have suffered injuries and damage to the insides of their vehicles. Several other car makers, including Audi, have received similar reports and have issued safety recalls to replace their drivers’ sunroofs free of charge; however, Kia continues to hide the problem, allowing unsuspecting consumers to purchase and drive “unsafe and unreliable” vehicles, according to the lawsuit.
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‘It is often the case that a secondary contributory factor will cause the crazing and shattering – such as ice or cold weather, the ingress of water or even the jolt of a vehicle being driven over a speed hump or pothole.
The Korean automaker said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries that have occurred because of the defect.
‘According to the information we have received we do not believe that this particular failure was due to a warrantable fault and therefore the repair would not be covered under warranty.
The car was being kept in a garage overnight and on the day of the incident the outside temperature was five degrees.
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Gibbs Law Group LLP is currently speaking with Kia drivers about exploding sunroofs in 2011-2015 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, and Kia Sportage vehicles; and 2014-2015 Kia Soul and Kia Cadenza vehicles. If the panoramic sunroof in your Kia exploded, you may have a claim. Get a free case consultation with our auto defect attorneys by calling toll-free (866) 493-0036 or filling out the form.
Estelle and Stuart have been owners of Kia/Hyundai vehicles for the last 16 years. The pair bought a new model of the latest generation of Sportage – which starts at £17,495 - just 22 months ago.
The voluntary recall covers 2015 and 2016 Sonata sedans assembled at Hyundai's plant in Alabama from May 28, 2014, through March 18, 2016, and 2015 and 2016 Sonata hybrids made there from Dec. 8, 2014, through Aug. 18, 2015.
A Kia spokesman admitted its technical teams have ‘looked into a small number of cases’ about sunroof panels shattering unexpectedly and have worked with glass suppliers to examine all aspects of manufacturing
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If it ends up in court, because of the value of the car, it wouldn’t end up in the small claims court. This would mean a pricey court case.
The Kia shattering sunroof lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court Central District of California - Noemi Caudillo v. Kia Motors America, Inc., and Kia Motors Corporation.
In its advertising campaigns you are led to believe, in my opinion, everything is covered.
According to the lawsuit, both Kia and the NHTSA have received reports of injuries from falling shards of sunroof glass, and drivers have also reported a number of near-miss accidents that occurred after they were startled or distracted by the shattering.
The user who described his experience said: ‘For a company that prides itself on customer service to simply brush off an incident that could have been potentially lethal is shocking to me, my childrens' car seats are literally covered in broken glass, if they had been in the car at the time the full force of the blast would have been directed straight at them and the resulting injuries unthinkable.’
After taking the vehicle to a Kia dealership, Caudillo was told there was not a defect and a rock must have hit the sunroof. The dealer also suggested cabin pressure might have shattered the sunroof. Either way, Caudillo would have to pay for all repairs.
Hyundai launched a recall for 62,811 units of the Sonata after discovering that the mid-size car's panoramic sunroof could fly off in traffic and careen into other vehicles.
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The plaintiff claims Kia has failed to warn customers about the dangers of the shattering sunroofs but continues to sell and lease vehicle unsafe to drive. The lawsuit accuses Kia of violating the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law.
‘This is accepted as a safer failure process than single large cracks and large jagged pieces of glass which can be very dangerous within the confines of a vehicle.
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The lawsuit names the following models. This list is not exhaustive.
Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.
July 1, 2015 — The alleged problems caused by Kia shattered sunroofs will possibly get attention in court as a proposed class-action lawsuit alleges the panoramic sunroofs explode.
The lawsuit further alleges that Kia has long known that its panoramic sunroofs are prone to unexpected and dangerous shattering, as the company initiated a formal investigation into the problem in 2012. The complaint states that “despite the high number of complaints and the danger posed by the defect, Kia continues to conceal its existence from current drivers and potential customers alike.”
The manufacturer of the glass Sportage roof – Webasto - carry a three-year warranty on their products. However, Kia only honour a three-month glass warranty.
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‘I would expect the dealer to fix it as a matter of goodwill.’
According to reports, the cost of replacing the sunroofs can range between hundreds and thousands of dollars. The cost of labor alone is believed to be $1,000. Furthermore, those with the affected vehicles often paid more than $3,000 to upgrade their cars to models with panoramic sunroofs. A class action lawsuit could help consumers seek money from Kia for these costs.
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Mr McCulloch says when he attempted to report their problem on the forum, it was taken off by administrators.
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‘Kia state in their advertisements in their dealerships “Family Like Care." I am now not so sure.’
We are investigating these consumer complaints to determine whether a defect in the glass used in certain Kia sunroofs may predispose them to shattering spontaneously.
Gibbs Law Group LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Kia alleging that a defect in its panoramic sunroofs causes them to shatter powerfully and without warning, endangering Kia drivers, passengers, and others on the road.
According to a handful of forums on website kiaownersclub.co.uk, others have experienced imploding roofs.
Do you own a Kia where the sunroof has shattered or exploded? If you have sunroof problems with your Kia, click here to find out more about a potential class action lawsuit.