The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 64,000 Kia Sorento crossovers due to complaints from owners that the sunroof can shatter unexpectedly. This probe affects Sorento models from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years.

According to The Detroit News, NHTSA has received 15 complaints from Sorento owners citing sunroofs that shattered, 13 of which reportedly happened while the vehicle was in motion. No crashes have been reported from this problem, but one complaint did cite minor injuries – cuts from the shattered glass.

The automaker told The Detroit News that it "has been evaluating the performance of its panoramic sunroof as part of ongoing vehicle monitoring activities conducted as a standard practice on all Kia models." Kia's corporate cousin, Hyundai, recently had similar sunroof problems with its Veloster hatchback.

Kia will continue to research this issue and share results of its findings with NHTSA. This is not yet an official recall, but one may be warranted depending on the results of the government agency's investigation.


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      c_lapap
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go Hyundai/Kia!
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The sunroof can shatter unexpectedly" Kia: The Power to Surprise.
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      Their so "luxury-panoramic roof" are a joke right now just like Hyundai. LAME.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Front-axle issues and sunroof issues? It's a bad time for foolish Sorento owners.
      nineeleventothecore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now KIA can advertise driving "excitement". Garbage!
      MotownHeavyMetal
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is what happens with brittle, non flexible glass surrounded by thin,twisty tin.
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @56Jalopy
        it's made worse by the fact that the sunroof is made with tempered glass. Just like the side windows, it's the type which shatters into little "pebbles" when broken. Problem with it is that it's under so much internal stress that the tiniest manufacturing flaw can cause it to "spontaneously disassemble."
      J W
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Veloster went through this a few months back, is the product source to blame?
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J W
        Could be; any flaw in a piece of tempered glass can lead to this.
      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hyundai and Kia really have to improve their roof rigidity if this keeps happening with their cars.
      lovey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Less well known is that the Buick Regal had the same problem. Maybe not the quantity
      Roy Parks
      • 9 Months Ago
      The power to $upri$e...
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