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Exploding Sunroofs and Defective Products

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A news reporter from Oklahoma were driving on the interstate in New Mexico when they heard what sounded like gun shots. When they pulled the car over, they found out that the sound of the loud bangs was something very surprising – the sound of the sunroof exploding. 

Although most people have not heard of this type of defective product, exploding sunroofs are more common than people realize. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hundreds of complaints of exploding sunroofs have been filed in the last few years.


In this case, the driver was protected from harmful shattered glass by the visor between the sunroof and the car cabin. However, many drivers are not so fortunate. Some people have been seriously injured by sunroof explosions and some serious car accidents have resulted, according to the NHTSA.

The cause of the explosion was most likely extreme heat, combined with a chip or a crack in the sunroof. Slightly damaged glass can suddenly get much worse in extreme temperatures, and even explode in some cases.

Experts say that if your sunroof is damaged, there is little you can do to prevent it from eventually shattering. The best thing to do is have it replaced to avoid a serious accident.

Our View

As defective product attorneys in Virginia, we know that thousands of consumers are injured every year by defective and faulty products that were not properly manufactured or tested. We have represented many people who have been seriously injured due to a defective product. One of the first things we do on these cases is learn if the company knew about the defect from previous incidents. Did they know that the product was unsafe and should have been recalled before the date of the injury?

Defective product injury lawyers have a very important role in the civil justice system, as many major safety upgrades only occur when there is an economic penalty of major lawsuits.

If you have been injured by a defective product, know that there are legal options available that can result in large financial settlements.