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.