Consumer Reports: Sunroof shattering
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS 12) —
New information about shattering sunroofs in cars, we first reported about this last month.
One July day in 2015, Steven Kaufman hopped into his brand new Hyundai Elantra GT and went for a drive. He was traveling down a highway when suddenly the sunroof exploded.
"The sunroof exploded. The glass started raining down on me. I thought someone had taken a shotgun and blown out the glass. It was so loud," said Steven Kaufman.
This was not an isolated incident. Consumer Reports recently analyzed over 20 years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found shattered sunroofs reported in at least 208 models across 35 brands.
"Although it's not clear exactly why this is happening, the evidence that it is happening is really clear. And so automakers should be much more proactive. Just recall these vehicles," said David Friedman, Consumer Union.
The agency is currently only investigating the 2011 through 2013 Kia Sorento SUV, but Consumers Union would like that to be expanded.
"These sunroofs are shattering. NHTSA has more than enough evidence to consider this a safety defect. And they certainly shouldn't wait for a fatality or an injury before forcing the car companies to act."
Consumer Reports also says that the regulations for sunroofs are outdated.