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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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22 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
    • #13 Melissa Ash says:

      I have a Ford Edge 2015. My granddaughter and I were driving she wanted the sunroof opened. Just opened the cover and she said Nan your roof is cracked. I stopped and looked and the whole thing is shattered in a spider pattern. Taking it to the dealership in Duncan to see what they say.
      Car is garage kept and never taken out in bad weather.

      • State: Ok
    • #14 Teresa Garcia Hinojosa says:

      In Sept 2015, the panaramic sunroof on our new 2014 Lincoln MKT exploded while we were driving 65mph on the highway. Vehicle was only 2 months old but dealership refused to fix it under warranty, forced us to file a claim with auto ins and pay $500 deductible.

      • State: Texas
    • #15 Migues Laurie says:

      My 2015 Ford Edge has a cracked sunroof and is missing the piece that connects the sunroof to the windshield. We were riding down the highway and we heard what sounded like a gunshot. We pulled over and noticed the piece on top the windshield was gone. Didn’t discover the sunroof until later that evening.
      The place that I bought it from said that there are no recalls and nothing can be done. Something must be done and it shouldn’t cost me one cent.

      • State: Louisiana
    • #16 NETA SHAR WRIGHT says:

      Just bought the car for my daughter 2008 Ford Edge SEL with the panoramic sunroof sitting in our driveway on Saturday November third 2019 and the gides were dirty where the sunroof slides through was about to start cleaning them when all of a sudden the sunroof which was open exploded all over my husband and on the inside of the vehicle.

      Thank God no one was in the car at the time or they would have gotten glass all over their body.
      About to try to submit a claim 2 Ford for the exploding sunroofs.

      • State: LA
    • #17 Tambrina Mccants says:

      I am amazed of all the complaints of exploding Moon roofs, Ford-Lincoln has not had a recall on it!! My story is very similar to all of yours. One minute everythings fine and the next misery and anger sets in. The fact that my moonroof exploded and shatter. Luckily the protective outer layers are still holding it together and my kids were not injured. It’s a disgrace that this company; knowing and continuously (lease) manufacturers faulty cars that have exploding sunroofs. Be a responsible business; Own up to the mistake and correct the problem. Lives are at stake here and customers matter!! My kids matter, they are the reason I purchased my 2014 MKT. This really hit home. Tommorow I have an pre-scheduled appointment at 9 am with Daytona Beach Auto Mall-Ford and Lincoln and we have some major issues to discuss one being the faulty exploding sunroof.

      • State: FL
    • #18 Sgan Banks says:

      Had my sunroof on my 2013 Ford Edge sport explode on me on the 78 freeway on March 21 2019 causing me to swerve into the next lane from the loud pop it makes luckily no other car was there.Took to dealership and they just played dumb like it was my fault. They blamed a pebble hitting it ,a track issue or operator error. Anyways I will have to go through insurance to cover something that should not be happening in the first place.

      • State: California
    • #19 Diana says:

      My boyfriend and I were driving along this morning in our 2012 Ford Escape and we heard what appeared to be a gun shot. But we were all alone on the highway… It took a minute but then I looked up at the sunroof and it was all shattered. Here we are in Northern Maine and suppose to get snow this weekend and we have to have our vehicle wrapped in plastic until the body shop can order the glass to repair… this is very dangerous and I cannot believe that Ford hasn’t recalled these vehicles for this reason.

      • State: Maine
    • #20 Dave Manke says:

      Driving into work at 72 mph at 608 am, 43 degrees outside, interior heat set at 68 degrees floor only, my sunroof exploded. I have a 2015 Focus Titanium with 49,xxx miles. Luckily the shade was closed so all glass was contained. The car was outside all night as it usually is. It is exactly how other described it, a loud boom, like a rubber mallet hitting the car. No one was in front of me, so there was no debris to cause it. I pulled over immediately and took a picture. I will be contacting my dealer to see what my options are. First your crappy transmission, now this. Bad form Ford, bad form!!!

      • State: Wisconsin
    • #21 Lisa Topping says:

      My sunroof exploded on my 2017 Ford Explorer. My insurance company says it’s a manufacturer defect, my Ford Dealer, says it is not as they have NO PREVIOUS reports of this happening! They don’t want to pay either!
      PLEASE LISTEN, REPORT YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION WEBSITE. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET FORD TO RECALL AND PAY FOR THESE EXPLODING SUNROOFS. IT TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES.
      Here’s the website:
      https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

      • State: WISCONSIN
    • #22 BARBARA WOODS says:

      Today, May 27, 2019, my husband and I were driving on I-12 two miles before the exit to Walker, LA when our sunroof exploded. It sounded like an explosion or a shot gun. We pulled over and my husband checked the tires and could find nothing wrong. I looked up and saw the glass had shattered on the sunroof. We brought the car to Robinson Bros, where we had purchased it, in Baton Rouge, LA on 6/23/2018. The vehicle is a 2018 Ford Escape. Hope, the service representative, said she had never heard of this happening. She said they would get their tech to check it out, but it may not be covered under warranty bc its glass. The vehicle is less than a year old and has about 24,000 miles more or less, way under the 36,000 miles.

      • State: Louisiana

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