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Is There a Problem with the Sunroof Shattering in the 2022 Ford Explorer?
There have been problems with Ford vehicle sunroofs for nearly three decades, and the 2022 Ford Explorer is no exception.
While there were no complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about sunroof issues in the 2018 and 2019 models, there were at least 2 in 2020. The first complaint for the 2022 model was filed in June 2022. These numbers may seem insignificant, but every incident involving a sunroof (or moonroof) shattering or exploding is serious. It’s a safety issue.
One of our primary concerns is that historically Ford has one of the worst reputations in the industry when it comes to faulty, explosive sunroofs.
A few years ago, the New York-based Consumer Reports (formerly Consumers Union) investigated consumer complaints about exploding sunroofs. They found, as we have also seen, that issues with shattering and exploding sunroofs have spiked in recent years.
They analyzed complaints filed with the federal government between 1995 and 2017. Then they identified the top ten car brands and the top 10 car models with self-reported complaints to the NHTSA.
Ford is listed as number 2 behind Hyundai, with 85 vs 119 complaints. Only one Ford model makes the second list, the Ford Explorer! It comes in at number 6 with a total of 23 complaints. That’s an average of one per year.
What Problems are Ford Explorer Owners Experiencing with Sunroofs?
It comes as no surprise to discover that 2022 Ford Explorer owners are experiencing the same problems owners have faced for decades.
Here’s a complaint to the NHTSA from a Washington owner:
“On July 10th, 3:45 pm, after being parked in a parking lot for an hour in the sun, I opened the rear driver side door, the moonroof made a “pop” sound, then glass showered down. The glass popped UP, not down, and we were not in motion. Nor had we heard any impacts while driving at any time previously.”
What Should You Do if Your Ford Explorer Sunroof Shattered?
If you have sunroof problems with your 2022 Ford Explorer your first response will likely be to see if your warranty covers the damage. If it doesn’t, you’ll probably check with your insurance company to see if they will replace it.
But it’s not just about fixing the damage. Exploding and shattering sunroofs are a safety risk. Ford has had issues with their sunroofs for decades, but they don’t acknowledge these problems.
For this reason, Lemberg Law is currently investigating complaints about 2022 Ford Explorer sunroofs. We are assessing whether owners with sunroof problems have a case in lemon law.
If you have had problems, you may want to consider helping our class action investigation. All you have to do is call us at 844-928-4443 or complete a case evaluation form. Our services are free because the law states that Ford must pay the legal bills for lemon law cases.
About the Author:
Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.