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#7 of 166 EXPLODING Sunroof
Jun 22, 2007 (10:59 am)
It was on June 4th 2007 when it happened. I was in a 2006 Cadillac STS by myself doing approx. 70 mph with a temperature of 74 degrees outside and an inside temp set at 72 degrees. All windows and sunroof all closed tightly. I was nose to nose with a semi with no other vehicle in front to be seen and all of a sudden an explosion! I flew off of the left side of road and regained control after a couple seconds. I looked all around and saw my sunroof was mostly gone except for the perimeter which was in a million pieces still intact though. I had glass all down my shirt, in my eyes and throughout the entire car. It was such an explosion I had hearing problems for days and found through Stat Care that I had fluid behind my eardrum from the explosion. I continued to my office where I cleaned out my eyes and clothing of glass particles. Then took the car to the dealership where they claim I had to have been hit by a rock...I DON'T see any possible way a rock hit my roof doing 70 mph when NO BODY was in front of me and I am nose to nose with a semi...
Can not explain this, but it could of been a terrible accident in the making..??????
#8 of 166 Re: IS250 Sunroof Exploded... [bayarea415]
Jul 06, 2007 (12:49 pm)
We had this happen on our 2000 VW NB while wife driving on hgwy - hot day (over 90) popping sound and sunroof shattered. Dealer tech stated he thought it looked like it exploded outwards - not from external source. We had replaced and now two weeks later while sitting inside house i heard a loud popping sound & went out to find the rear window had shattered - same thing - totally looks like outward pressure caused it. I've taken pic's which show the outward direction & NO penetration holes from external source. Called dealer & they claim never to have been aware of this happening. Glass company states that they have seen examples of shattering due to excesive heat/pressure build up. The interior of car 160+degrees & the glass actually 140 degrees to the touch (used meat thermometer). have been told that there may be a compound issue related to the tinting which contributes to this - am researching this now. Too much of coincidence for there not to be some other explanation. Both hot days - car parked in sun. AC on ads pressure if outside air vent closed & fan on high. The other just pressure building while sitting in hot sun. I wonder if keeping the airvent closed causes extra pressure to build up?
#9 of 166 Not the sunroof, the rear window...
Jul 12, 2007 (10:35 am)
We got home from work yesterday and the rear window of our 02 VW Passat had exploded from the inside while sitting in the driveway. The shatter-proof glass kept it in place, but it's completely shattered, pushed in an outward direction. Over 100 degrees, and it was parked in the sun. Life.
#10 of 166 Not the sunroof, passenger window
Jul 12, 2007 (4:57 pm)
My sons 01 Dodge Dakota had the passenger side window blow out the other day. He said he heard a loud popping sound and then a 'bam' sort of sound and the window shattered. No one around for as far as he could see. Driving on a road at about 45 mph. He didn't see anyone anywhere. Nothing was found inside the car that would have able to break the window. The glass guy said he had heard of windows just 'exploding' for no apparent reason. It was a very hot day 90+, but this happened in the early evening. Just weird! Luckily no one was hurt.
#12 of 166 Imploding Caravan Sunscreen Glass
Jul 24, 2007 (7:40 pm)
Our 1985 Dodge Caravan (when new) with the optional deep tinted factory sunscreen glass imploded on us while sitting in the sun. Not many glass shards on the outside but what a mess inside!
#13 of 166 Infiniti G35 SunRoof Exploded
Jun 18, 2008 (3:46 pm)
Just happened to me yesterday!!!
Driving on the freeway, minding my own business, and.....BOOM!!!
I thought a gun went off or maybe a tire exploded. I Looked around at the other cars
on the freeway but no one was swerving.
A few minutes later I looked up to close the sunroof and noticed it was shattered but held together by the tint.
Glass replacement company needed to order the glass and said it would take two days, so they taped it up and let me drive away.
On the freeway, everything seemed fine until I started to hear the sound of tape ripping. Then the entire sunroof all taped together, ripped off and slid down the roof and trunk and finally into traffic where it exploded into thousands of shards of glass.
#14 of 166 sunroof exploded
Dec 25, 2008 (12:36 pm)
The sunroof just exploded on my wife's 2008 CX 7 as we were driving on the road at about 65 mph yesterday. I just cannot blame that a rock could have caused this. I believe that the contributing factor is a metal bar that runs across and underneath the front of the sunroof is too close to the sunroof. If a rock or other object hit the sunroof right above the metal bar, it could cause the sunroof to shatter. Another assumption or contributing factor is a variation of temperatures between the sunroof and this metal bar. I am putting this info out there to see if other CX 7 owners have had this happen to them or if it happens to others in the future. My insurance company will be replacing my sunroof at a cost of $50.00 for the deductible. Perhaps Mazda needs to re-engineer the sunroof assembly.
#15 of 166 Re: sunroof exploded [rgarza4x4]
Dec 31, 2008 (6:59 am)
Shouldn't Mazda replace that sunroof for free under the manufacturer's warranty?
#16 of 166 Re: sunroof exploded
Jan 15, 2009 (9:27 am)
The moon roof glass in my 2001 PT Cruiser broke yesterday. Going about 60 on the freeway, and boom! Thought something hit me at first, but then realized that the glass has simply shattered. There is no evidence of anything having hit it, and it appears to be bubbled outward, as if from pressure inside the car. Out of warranty, of course, but seems like the manufacturers should do something about this.