Cases & Investigations

Kia Shattering Sunroof Lawsuit

PRACTICE AREAS: Defective Products
PRODUCT: Kia Motors Sunroofs
CASE STATUS: Pending

Do You Own or Lease a 2011-2015 Kia?

If you own or lease a 2011 – 2015 Kia vehicle and your sunroof has spontaneously shattered or burst, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The sunroof problems are believed to affect the following 2011- 2015 models:

  • Kia Sorento EX
  • Kia Sorento LX
  • Kia Sorento Limited
  • Kia Optima EX
  • Kia Optima Limited
  • Kia Optima SX Turbo
  • Kia Soul +
  • Kia Soul !
  • Kia Cadenza Premium
  • Kia Cadenza Limited
  • Kia Sportage EX
  • Kia Sportage SX

News Alert (ABC News): Spontaneously Shattering Sunroofs Prompt Federal Investigation

For questions about this class action against Kia, please contact Eric Lechtzin at (215) 875-3038 or by email at elechtzin@bm.net. Further information is set forth below.

About the Lawsuit

The lawsuit seeks compensation for owners of Kia vehicles who have incurred expenses to repair or replace their shattered sunroofs. Although the affected Kia vehicles are relatively new and still under warranty, Kia is consistently refusing to pay for repairs. Furthermore, Kia cannot guarantee that a replacement sunroof will not shatter too.

According to reports, the cost of replacing the shattered sunroofs can range between hundreds and thousands of dollars. Furthermore, those with the affected vehicles often paid more than $3,000 to upgrade their cars to models with panoramic sunroofs. A class action lawsuit could help consumers seek money from Kia for these costs.

The complaint alleges that Panoramic sunroofs present manufacturing, design, and safety challenges for manufacturers because the large plates of glass take up much of the surface area of the vehicle’s roof.  While some manufacturers have used a laminated glass, others, such as Kia, have opted to install panoramic sunroofs with a toughened glass featuring a relatively large ceramic print area. Testing has revealed that the enamel used for ceramic print areas in Kia vehicles impairs the strength of the glass, making the glass not only less durable than the usual tempered glass, but also less durable than ordinary glass. In the Kia models at issue, the unlaminated, compromised tempered glass cannot withstand the pressures and flexing that the sunroof frame and vehicle demand. The consequence is that under ordinary driving conditions the glass spontaneously shatters.

Lead Attorneys

Shanon J. Carson

Managing Shareholder
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Eric Lechtzin

Shareholder

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