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Kia Must Explain Its Broken Sunroofs

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On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 12:05PM | By: Karen Cook

Kia Must Explain Its Broken Sunroofs

Picture, if you will, a lovely day full of sunshine and blue skies. You're gliding along a beautiful road free of traffic enjoying the view and the light streaming in through your sunroof and simply enjoying the simple pleasure of driving. Suddenly, and without warning, that gorgeous view is destroyed by the sound of shattering glass as your sunroof rains down on everyone in the car causing cuts and scrapes and possibly an accident.

This horrifying scenario is a distinct possibility if you are driving a 2011-2013 Kia Sorrento SUV. So far there have been 26 incidents involving the panoramic sunroof of these vehicles shattering and 24 of them occurred while the vehicle was being driven. Kia actually documents the breakages at 123 with 14 people injured by the falling glass.

In October of last year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary investigation after receiving customer complaints concerning the optional sunroof. The automaker attributes the susceptibility of the sunroofs to break to the large surface area of the glass which puts it at greater risk of being damaged by rocks or other road debris.

Because the complaints have doubled in the last six months, the NHTSA wants to know exactly why this is happening. The agency concedes that the “Sorrento may be more at risk due to its larger impact area”. The investigation has been upgraded from “preliminary” to “engineering” in order to “further analyze the scope, frequency, and consequence of these failures.” All quotes are from a statement issued by the NHTSA.


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