Kia Telluride Shattering Sunroof

Class Action Investigation

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints that the sunroof of the 2020-2022 Kia Telluride explodes spontaneously. Vehicle owners report that it happens unexpectedly, for no reason, and often with no traffic in sight

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Is There a Problem with the Sunroof in the Kia Telluride?

When sunroofs explode, you can be 100% certain that there is a problem. A growing number of Kia Telluride owners are reporting that their sunroofs have exploded. So, what does this mean? Kia isn’t responding or taking responsibility, so Telluride owners are attempting to make a claim on their insurance.

If you access Kia Telluride forums, you will see that many owners aren’t surprised. As one contributor to the Telluride Forum pointed out in January 2020:

“Exploding sunroofs are not new to Kia and Hyundai. Hyundai just settled a lawsuit for earlier models that had a panoramic sunroof that exploded. This problem is across all brands though, they are too big and under tremendous stress. If there are impurities in the glass when manufactured it dramatically increases the chance for shattering.

“It will be interesting if they warranty it, most brands will not and you will have to go through your insurance.”

What Sunroof Problems are Kia Telluride Owners Experiencing?

There are lots of complaints on forums, Facebook, and on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. A typical NHTSA complaint says, very simply: ”I was driving on the interstate and my sunroof just exploded, nothing hit it.”

Another says: “Sunroof spontaneously exploded while driving on the highway at around 65 mph. Fortunately, the shade underneath it was closed so the glass did not get in my car, and fortunately, my children were not with me.”

There aren’t any technical service bulletins on file with the NHTSA, so all we can do is look at complaints to try and gauge the problem. Here are some examples logged with the NHTSA.

An owner from NJ states:

“While driving on (the) highway with no other cars in sight the sunroof exploded. Sunshade was closed therefore glass did not fall onto us while we were driving. The sound was extremely loud, we heard a loud pop and then the shattering of glass. We all jumped inside the vehicle but thankfully no cars were in sight around us as we did swerve.”

The incident happened at about 6.45 am and they were about 2 miles from the dealer’s exit, so drove directly to the dealer. The complaint states that the manufacturer was not taking any responsibility. Instead, Kia claims that “it was due to impact, but there was absolutely nothing that hit our car. No other vehicles around or debris on (the) highway.”

An owner from Texas filed a complaint on the NHTSA website stating:

“Sunroof (is) available for inspection but scheduled for repair. Sunroof exploded spontaneously, no vehicle in front and no foreign object (was) found that could have caused explosion damage. I calmly moved (the) vehicle off road into (the) parking lot. Explosion was so loud that someone else could have reacted differently and caused an accident.

“I’ve read and heard of other incidents where people report the same situation. Insurance has been active in resolving this incident. I’ve also contacted the Kia dealership and Kia USA. No warning was given before this happened. I do not, at this time, have an insurance claim number, response from (the) manufacturer, or repair invoice.”

An owner from PA states:

The outside temperature was 72 degrees F in Philadelphia, PA. There was no other traffic around. “The sunroof seems to have just exploded in the center and the environmental conditions were just fine. There was no road debris or other traffic around to cause such. The damage, fortunately, did not injure anybody in the car.”

An owner from Michigan states:

“Sunroof exploded while driving at 65 miles per hour on I 65 Interstate. We heard an extremely large explosive-type sound and saw that the sunroof cover was retracting. Small pieces of glass and rain began falling into the vehicle. It was determined later that most of the glass was blown outside. It is unknown if the glass pieces made contact with any vehicles behind us.

“KIA roadside assistance was automatically activated and we requested the address of the nearest KIA dealership. We drove approximately 10 miles to a KIA dealership who placed ‘crash film’ over the gaping hole. The sunroof had been closed before this incident. There were no warning lamps/messages prior to the sunroof exploding.”

What should you do if your Kia Telluride Sunroof Shattered?

Lemberg Law is currently investigating complaints about the 2020-2022 Kia Telluride and reports that the sunroof explodes. So, if you have a Kia Telluride with a sunroof that has exploded, consider helping with our class action investigation. There’s a good chance it’s a lemon.

All you have to do is complete our case evaluation form or call us at 844-928-4443. Our services are free because the law states that Kia will have to pay all legal bills for lemon law cases.

Brian Jones

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.

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