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Ford Exploding Sunroof Could be Susceptible to Exploding Lawsuits

February 12, 2018 By: LemonLaw Category: Ford

Cases involving Ford exploding sunroofs have led to lawsuits involving several models with factory-installed panoramic sunroofs, in addition to Lincoln models with the same feature.

Lawsuits claim all Ford panoramic sunroofs are similar and made of tempered or laminated glass where the tracks are set inside a frame, according to Car Complaints blog. This glass undergoes a temperature shift which forms an outer layer compressed around the middle core of the glass that is continually pressed outwards. Ford claims the shattered sunroof is caused by outside objects hitting the glass, but plaintiffs justify the Ford exploding sunroof to compromising the compressed layer.

Additionally, these sunroofs contain ceramic paint from the tempered glass which has enamels that appear to weaken the sunroof glazing. This decreases the strength of the glass making it less durable than ordinary glass, according to a 2013 report from the Korean Automobile Testing & Research Institute found by Car Complaints.

Top Class Actions blog stated Ford had known of the exploding sunroof since 2008 and even admitted in 2014 of receiving 90 complaints and three lawsuits involving the Ford exploding sunroof, yet has not recalled any affiliated vehicles.

Models vulnerable to a breaking or exploding sunroof include:

  • 2007-present Ford Edge
  • 2009-present Ford Focus
  • 2010-present Ford Fusion
  • 2011-present Ford Explorer
  • 2009-present Ford Flex
  • 2011-present Ford F-150
  • 2009-2014 Ford Mustang
  • 2008-present Ford Escape
  • 2014-present Ford Transit Connect
  • 2013-present Ford C-Max
  • 2007-present Lincoln MKX
  • 2009-2015 Lincoln MKS
  • 2013-present Lincoln MKZ
  • 2010-present Lincoln MKT

If you own a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury model susceptible to an exploding sunroof and you see cracks or any other signs of breakage in your glass, visit your nearest dealership immediately and be very specific  about your issue. It is imperative you monitor your car’s sunroof and have it checked if you notice damage as it may explode while driven or even parked, putting you and your vehicle at risk.

If you’ve had repeat visits to the dealer addressing your Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury’s sunroof, and/or your vehicle has been in the shop an extended period of time, please email us or call, 1 800 LEMON LAW (1 800 536 6652). You could be entitled to a repurchase, new vehicle, or significant monetary compensation under State Lemon Law or Federal Warranty Law. Best of all, if we can help, our representation is 100% free win or lose, so there is no cost and no risk to file your claim.


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12 Responses to “Ford Exploding Sunroof Could be Susceptible to Exploding Lawsuits”


  1. #1 Stephen Raysely says:

    On February 28, 2018 while driving to Florida from PA in my 2013 Ford Escape,my wife and I heard what sounded like an explosion. Scared the heck out of us. I got the SUV pulled over and saw that the sun roof window was destroyed. Nothing else on the SUV was damaged. No scratches, no dents no nothing.. I didn’t know what to make of this until a friend of mine told me about exploding sun roofs. I explored this on the Internet and saw your commentary. Though I comment on my experience. Thank you.

    • State: Pennsylvania
  2. #2 vincent aguilera says:

    I own a 2007 ford edge wich ive had for about 8 years now, I was driving on the highway on my way to work no semi trucks or bridges nearby and i herd a loud sound that almost made go off the road then noticed pieces of glass on me and saw thay the sun roof was shattered. I had to look this up and came across this site anything I can in regards to this? I still have not gotten to fix it

    • State: MO
  3. #3 Daniel Ppricone says:

    I am the fleet manager of a Limousine Company, Since 2013 we have had probably 15 Glass roof explode on our Lincoln MKT’s
    Just yesterday Sunday 5/7/18 two glass roofs exploded one of which was parked driver sitting in the car, he herd a loud POP.
    the other while driving down the road. I worry that either one of our drivers or passenger could get glass dropping onto their face and eyes, also someone driving behind one of our cars could get pelted with glass god forbid its someone on a motorcycle.
    does someone need to die for anything to be done.
    cost for the glass if I buy it from Lincoln is about $900 and then there is only on place in my area that will do this work the cost for that is another $400 or so.
    I also question the fact that they redesigned the glass roof late 2016 tells me they know theirs a problem.

    • State: Connecticut
  4. #4 Colleen Shotwell says:

    While driving in traffic to a dentist appointment I heard a loud explosion and realized it was my sunroof. I exited the highway and my son and I got out to look and the center of the sunroof was still laying on the roof of the car. He mentioned to me that he had heard about a class action lawsuit regarding exploding sunroofs. We got to the dentist appointment , called the dealership and the insurance company but I still had to drive 50 miles to get to the dealership. By the time I made it there, the glass was pouring into the front seat. I had to pull over again so my son could get into the back seat because the glass was raining down on him. The leather is cut up and the headliner is torn up. When I arrived at the dealership right before closing time , the service manager took a look and said she had heard about this happening, the service advisor on the other hand wanted to argue that it was probably hit by something because he has been in the car business for 16 yrs and hadn’t heard about exploding sunroofs. Hello… This has been going on for years. What is it going to take for the manufacturer to take responsibility? The collision center did the estimate just for the sunroof and it is going to cost $1265.00. Tomorrow morning I have to go back for the leather and headliner. $$$

    • State: Texas
  5. #5 Contessa Smith says:

    While me and my daughter was driving back home to New Orleans from Mississippi I was coming over the twin span and heard a pop sound like a gun. First I thought my tire blew then I heard wind and looked in the rear view mirror people were swerving because glass was going everywhere. I have a 1000 deductible on my insurance so Ford needs to take responsibility. Me and my daughter is shaking up. I don’t want to drive the car anymore I’m scared

    • State: Louisiana
  6. #6 heather says:

    We noticed the shattered moonroof on our 2017 Ford Focus early Saturday morning. We were 4 hours from home on vacation, so the ride home was …something. We took it to the dealership this morning, and they advised they have to send photos to Ford to ensure it is a manufacturer defect and not “user error”. They also told us that it’s a specialty part and takes 2+ days to order, and in the meantime they won’t offer us a rental. This is really making me not want to buy any more Fords.

    • State: PA
  7. #7 LemonLaw says:

    @Heather: Make sure you obtain a repair invoice when picking up the vehicle, and if the repair takes longer than 30 days or repeats itself, please reach out to us at 800 536 6652.

    • #8 Brian Carr says:

      Today I was driving 65 mph on I-270 in Columbus. My panoramic roof exploded. It sounded like someone was in my back seat shooting a shotgun. Scared the hell out of me. First thing I expected was a flat tire, check my gauges, no low tire pressure warning. I hear wind but all of my windows were closed. Then I rolled the visors back and realized the panoramic roof had exploded. Scared the hell out of me. I have always stood by Ford. After this experience I will never by another. No factory coverage for this defect. Extended warranty doesn’t cover glass, Geico is charging a $500 deductible. Cheapest quote so far is $1100. Thanks Ford.

      • State: OH
    • #9 Frankie Falcone Jr says:

      Driving down the road about 3 weeks ago, was extremely hot outside so i left my car with the AC on for 15 minutes before leaving work. while driving a hear a loud pop and then can hear air suction. I had the sliding cover closed i cracked it slightly to see a hole about 8 inches around in the center of the sunroof. No cars around no over passes…. And this is not and easy part to find, the glass itself barely exists. Looking for HELP PLEASE!

      • State: New Jersey
    • #10 Shellina Murphy says:

      Just got pulled my 2018 Edge Titanium out of my garage and today noticed a crack in the back half of my panoramic sunroof the entire top of my roof is glass. I have had my car approximately 3 months. I called Ford today to make an appointment for 8/8. I came online too see if others have had this issue and sounds like this is the case. The crack is almost the image of a winding road that goes from the back of the glass to the center… I’ll keep my shade closed for now. Thanks all for posting your experiences.

      • State: CO
    • #11 Fred Schreiber says:

      I have a 2011 Ford Fusion. Driving down I-80 just west of I-25 and then “BOOM”. Wife and I looked at each other like what was that. Started to open the sun shield and saw the hole and closed it back up. Called insurance first then local call dealer. Stopped at local glass place that covered the hole. When we got home, contacted local dealer. Will take 3-5 days to get the glass. Insurance agent thought there was a recall but evidently not. There should be. Will probably pay out of pocket. Current estimate is about $650. $500 glass and $150 labor.

      • State: IL
    • #12 Donald P says:

      I had two explode, one on a 2013 Lincoln MKT and one on a 2015 Lincoln MKT.
      My friends who also own MKTs for their business also have had theirs explode. It is an extremely loud noise.
      Happens to about 25% of them in my estimation.

      There aren’t too many rocks falling from the sky.

      • State: MA

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