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Happened to me in NE Ohio - 2012 Mazda3 Hatchback sitting in driveway, not running, closed door and pop, moonroof glass bows upward and shatters out onto roof. it was -6F. Took pictures to show it was not outside impact - Dealer thought it would be covered, but warranty clerk denied it. Bob Berenak, Editor of Auto Glass Journal states that this is a "relatively easy repair" so husband will do it himself. He has an associates degree in automotive maintenance and experience in body shop, so I would not recommend this as a DIY project to others. But, we have no time to mess with the appeals/arbitration process. The part is costing way less (total $150) than a rental would if we were to wait for Mazda to maybe, possibly cover it in the end. Clearly the glass is not engineered and produced in a safe manner. **filed safety complaint with NHTSA - quick, easy to do on their website. ** lucky it did not happen on my highway drive to work. This is my first Mazda in 25 years - not feeling warm and fuzzy about it.
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The sunroof on my MINI exploded on a level lonely rural road, not a tree in sight. It blew a huge hole in the center of the panoramic roof, and sent glass over the front and rear seats and down my shirt collar, too. I stopped in the next town, vacuumed it out in a car wash, shook my shirt out, then had to buy plastic and duct tape so as to get home safely.
I had to claim it on insurance (out of warranty). You can't replace just the glass of course--you have to buy the entire "sunroof cassette"...and of course you have to drop the headliner and remove the seats.
That was a $2800 repair.
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"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has upgraded an investigation into 65,347 2011-'13 Kia Sorento crossovers after consumer complaints that the sunroof may spontaneously shatter.
Federal safety regulators said there are 95 reports of shattered sunroofs. The number is based on complaints filed with NHTSA and those reported by Kia. There are 18 reports of minor cuts and scratches, but no crashes."
Feds Upgrade Probe Into 2011-'13 Kia Sorento for Shattering Sunroofs
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