One of the factors most vehicle buyers take into consideration when shopping for a new vehicle is a vehicle’s relative safety.
However, very rarely would part of that consideration be whether or not the vehicle’s panoramic sunroof is likely to spontaneously explode and rain glass into the cabin during regular operation.
Unfortunately, for many Ford vehicle owners, that seemingly absurd reality has become all too real.
Ford Exploding Sunroof Issues
In recent years, manufacturers, warranty providers and the Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (HTSA) have seen an unprecedented surge in service reports, warranty claims, and lawsuits related to exploding sunroofs in Ford vehicles dating as far back as model-year 2008.
In fact, Ford is second only to Hyundai in reports of exploding sunroof and moonroof problems in their vehicles since 1995. Most reports complain of an audible explosion heard during normal vehicle operation that rivals that of a gunshot in volume. Complaints also describe glass raining down into the vehicle cabin on drivers and passengers from the shattered sunroof.
Because all Ford sunroofs undergo a similar manufacturing process and are constructed of similar materials, the list of vehicles at risk of suffering a fractured or exploded sunroof is essentially the entire Ford collection.
Subsidiary brands of Ford, such as Lincoln and Mercury, are also at considerable risk of sunroof related defects, as they are constructed from similar materials.
The Ford models with the highest number of reports and vulnerability to broken or exploding sunroofs are the Ford Focus, Fusion, Explorer, Flex, F-150, Mustang, C-Max, and most prominently, the Ford Edge.
In recent years, in the Edge model alone, the Ford Motor Company has independently reported at least 88 instances of sunroof explosions.
Ford Sunroof Class Action Lawsuits and Recalls
Recent class action lawsuits allege that a combination of cost-cutting and fuel efficiency measures instituted by the Ford Motor Company since the mid 2000s, such as the utilization of thinner glass and tempered ceramics, have resulted in a defect leading to shattering.
Other suits have alleged the expansion of sunroofs to panoramic size has led to general decreases in sunroof stability and safety, while some simply point to unidentified manufacturer defects.
Yet despite all these theories, the exact cause of the exploding sunroofs remains undetermined and Ford has continually denied responsibility and warranty coverage for the defect.
The one thing known for certain is that panoramic sunroofs in Ford vehicles are exploding during normal vehicle operation, absent cause from external factors or fault of vehicle owners.
Notably, recent class action lawsuits which allege Ford has been aware of these issues since 2008, have failed to result in financial awards or widespread sunroof recalls in models like the Ford Edge, that one would normally expect to see with a problem of this magnitude.
In fact, the only Ford Edge sunroof recall to date, in 2017, was related to faulty installation of the welded windshield header. The recall was issued for risks posed in the event of side-impact crashes, not explosions.
Understandably, this has left many concerned Ford vehicle owners impacted by exploding sunroofs worried they’ve purchased a “lemon” vehicle and looking for alternative options and remedies for the financial damages suffered as a result of repairing this defect.
Ford Sunroof Lemon Law and Breach of Warranty Claims
Vehicle owners who’ve made repeated attempts to address sunroof and moonroof (like the Vista panoramic roof in the Ford Focus) related problems and defects with their Ford dealer may be eligible for financial compensation, vehicle replacement or repurchase under state lemon law and federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act claims.
While lemon laws vary considerably from state to state, both lemon law and breach of warranty claims (under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act) generally require a vehicle defect to:
- Undergo at least 3 unsuccessful repair attempts for the same issue
- Be out of service for at least 30 days for repair
- Be significantly impacted in terms of safety and value
- Be first reported while the vehicle is under factory warranty
Questions About Ford Sunroof Lawsuits?
Ford owners whose vehicles have suffered from recurring sunroof cracking, shattering and exploding should consult with an attorney regarding their eligibility to file a lemon law or breach of warranty claim.
The extensively experienced team of lemon law attorneys at the Robison Lemon Law Group is here to help.
Contact us today via email or call us at (844) 214-6053 to schedule your free consultation.