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#110 of 116 2013 Venza Sunroof Imploded
Feb 25, 2013 (7:13 pm)
My sunroof was open, my husband was driving and I was reading a book in the passengers seat cruising down the Interstate. Without warning glass started raining down on us. There was no sound (like a rock hitting) or other warning, the glass just started falling on us. Luckily my husband was wearing a baseball cap or he might have been blinded by the falling glass resulting in an accident or injury. We were so shocked, we limped off at the next exit and pulled over. It looked like a stress fracture to us as both sides of the sunroof were at 45 degree angles. How could the alleged "rock" that we didn't hear manage to break the glass from two different locations (pictures available). Our car is less than 3 months old! The Dealership is repairing, but the repair is on my insurance. The Service Manager said they use tempered glass that is designed to shatter...on a roof. I think this is an engineering defect and a safety issue. Although my moon roof is being repaired, I doubt I'll use it ever again. I am taking it to have 3M film applied to the glass to prevent the glass from showering us again. It is a very unpleasant occurrence.
#111 of 116 Re: 2013 Venza Sunroof Imploded [denee246]
Feb 26, 2013 (7:16 pm)
I had a Scion (Toyota) with the same problem. It was under warranty but Toyota refused to pay for the repair. I took them to arbitration (explained in your owner manual) and they paid for the repair. I suggest you do the same. It can all be handled through the mail.
#112 of 116 Re:Window Exploding
Apr 04, 2013 (9:03 pm)
Rear passenger window on 2011 KIA Sorento exploded for no apparent reason while driving on I-75 in 72 degree weather on a beautiful day. KIA refused to replace, even with the bumper to bumper warranty purchased with vehicle.
May 20, 2013 (6:55 pm)
Bought the 2013 Venza less that two months ago with 6 miles on it. Salesman went on about how GREAT this vehicle is, bought the warranty the finance guy said "everything but the brakes" were covered and guess what? They aren't covering the phantom EXPLODING sun roof!! NOT happy about the sudden "I don't know them" syndrome I got from the dealer. They are blaming it on Toyota but I think it's just like every other dealer out there, once they got ya they leave ya. Oh yes, they talk to you like they owe you money. they sold you a hand full of rocks and they promised they would be marbles...My bad, It wont ever happen again.
#114 of 116 Re: Sunroof Explosion [poppyandhoney]
May 20, 2013 (9:22 pm)
I had the same problem with a Scion Tc. I took them to arbitration and they paid. Procedure is in your Toyota owners manual.
#115 of 116 Re: Sunroof Explosion [poppyandhoney]
May 21, 2013 (6:05 am)
I bought a 2013 Venza 12/15/12. Feb. 22, 2013, my moonroof shattered as we were driving down the interstate. Very scary and made a mess of my car. It seems a stress fracture to us. Please post your experience at https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint. Toyota does not notify their dealers of any problems until there are several. The moonroof raining down on you is a serious safety issue--could have blinded the driver resulting in a wreck. Mine wasn't covered under warranty either. Now moon roof grinds from glass remaining. I share your pain.
#116 of 116 Re: Sunroof Explosion [denee246]
May 21, 2013 (6:36 am)
I had this happen on a 2009 BMW about six months after I got it. Just coincidentally I mentioned it to a friend who said it had happened to him with a new shower enclosure. He had just had the bathroom renovated, and heard a loud bang. Fortunately the bathroom was vacant at the time. He said it was like shrapnel exploded, destroying all the new work. Amidst fighting with contractors and manufacturers he did some research and found an architectural white paper, which reported that spontaneous shattering is a known phenomenon of tempered glass. Every so many units per the millions manufactured have microscopic defects that cause the glass to shatter. The auto dealers automatically tell you something hit the glass, which in most cases is not true. But it's a fight to get them pay for the repair.