It sounds like something out of a horror movie or even a slapstick comedy. But this headline is not a joke. That’s because the word on the street is that many, many sunroofs on SUVs and other vehicles have been exploding without warning. So what the heck is happening and what can you do about it?
Why Are Sunroofs Exploding?
There are a number of reasons why we are seeing an increase in sunroof explosions over the last couple of years.
For one, sunroofs have gotten bigger. It doesn’t matter what car you have, whether it is an SUV, a crossover or a sedan, all vehicles have been installed with larger sunroofs since the turn of the decade. While there is no scientific data backing up this correlation, there’s a good chance that larger sunroofs are less secure, a greater area has a greater chance of cracking, and a greater surface area means that they can get a lot hotter.
In a lot of cases, these explosions have been limited to a number of national and foreign manufacturers in particular. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed hundreds of reports.
Are automakers responding to the complaints?
Automakers are slow to respond to all of the complaints about exploding sunroofs and, in truth, more needs to be done. Recalls should be a must whenever one case of exploding sunroofs is reported. Stronger standards should also be put in place to make sure that fewer incidents occur in the future.
What to Do If Your Sunroof Explodes
There are a number of things that you should do if your sunroof explodes. The first is to check that you, all of your passengers and your car are all okay. Secondly, you will want to notify your insurer as soon as possible as they will almost certainly cover the repairs.
You may want to assess the damage to you and your passengers, and file a suit against your auto manufacturer if the damage has been extensive.
Finally, you will want to take your car to an auto glass center to get your sunroof repaired. Even if it’s the height of summer, you never know when rain will come and it is not worth leaving your car without a sunroof any longer than you have to.
If your sunroof explodes in Phoenix, there is only auto glass center to take your car to for repairs: A+ Plus Auto Glass. Our team of experts are well trained to handle all sunroof repairs and replacements. Assuming no other damage has been caused to your car, we can have a safe replacement sunroof installed and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help and how much it will cost.