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08-16-2013 10:13 PM
Leora83 Definitely a Canadian hazard. Happened to a relative just this winter in his Mazda 3. Driving down a city street and WHUMP-CRASH! there's a big hole where his sunroof used to be.

Of course, it might have been the huge chunk of ice falling off the building crane...
08-16-2013 05:11 PM
elsolo Seems to be mostly a Canadian, or cold climate thing.
08-16-2013 12:19 PM
BlazingCopper_ZX3 Many years ago I lived at the shore in New Jersey and while walking down the street with a friend of mine we witnessed a car window suddenly shatter and fall into the car, this happened twice on two separate occasions. It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen. No sound of an impact or anything they just shattered and fill in.
08-15-2013 12:20 AM
abstang Mine shattered today on the highway at 120 kilometers per hour. Had glass raining down on us. Was scary and dangerous...
01-14-2013 03:32 PM
whynotthinkwhynot ^ Ford Sunroofs are subject to Murphy's Laws like anything else. It is NOT a common problem. However if you are scared and want to get rid of your ST, I will take it off your hands after applied depreciation.
01-14-2013 08:37 AM
Luke.Murphey Wow, I didn't know this actually happened. The first I had ever heard of it was when the NHTSA started investigating Hyundai Velosters for a design problem causing their sunroofs to shatter. However, I'm not aware of any known design issues with Focus sunroofs.
01-14-2013 08:37 AM
RonMaiden Worse comes to worse at least your insurance will fix it but it does suck if you have to lay out a sizeable deductible.
01-14-2013 08:25 AM
JayDeZ I know this may not help in your situation. There have been many times where I'm driving down the road and hear a large thud on the roof. It is usually followed by an inspection when I get home and some touch up paint. Unfortunately rocks do hit car roofs all the time, people throw things at cars, and things just fall from the sky (birds dropping shells to break them open).

I would imagine that a rock hit the windshield more than it just exploded out of nowhere. You might want to contact your insurance company for glass coverage.
01-12-2013 06:15 PM
sailor First comment would be glad you're OK & there were no catastrophic results from that scary event!

Second would be to second the comments on tempered glass - it's strange stuff & the slightest sharp tap CAN shatter it, yet you can hammer your fist on it as hard as you want without breaking it!

Stress on the glass B4 the sharp tap sometimes seems to be a contributing factor, being a new car you MAY get coverage on a "Good Will" basis even if it's not a definite "warranty" issue that's provable - good luck!

(As others mentioned, the initiating tap from a projectile may have been entirely masked by the explosion of the tempered glass that resulted)
01-11-2013 09:48 AM
whynotthinkwhynot At the very worst I'd think that your full coverage insurance would take care of it.

On a side note: Yes we believe you. Yes we know crazy unexplained things happen in all sorts of places. Even so, I don't think any manufacturer is going to take responsibility for mysteriously breaking glass unless the glass out of spec. If the glass was installed incorrectly, then it would break in very short order whether being driven or sitting. If you do an online search you'll find that this is not a problem limited to any one manufacturer or model. Sometimes shit just happens.

My first window changeout was on an 85 Celica GT. The passenger side window just shattered while I was driving down the road. I don't know if it was a rock, or just that crazy insta-shattering that laminated glass want to do. Just like you don't know if it was a microscopic meteor, or a rock that was thrown so high up in the air that it came down on your car, and maybe atmospheric pressure from inside the car caused the glass to explode out and thrust the rock up and away never to be seen again.

I'm just saying, don't let these guys with their good intentions get your hopes up. Ford will probably not pay for a new sunroof glass, but your insurance will. If you're lucky, they will offer to pay for the deductible.
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