Recently, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Mercedes-Benz over the issue of their car’s exploding panoramic sunroofs. While the Suit was dismissed in the end, it hasn’t stopped owners from demanding that these companies fix the problem. In this article, we take a look at the lawsuit process and the cost of replacing the shattered sunroof in a Mercedes-Benz. We also discuss the effects of the lawsuit on owners and passengers.

Class-action lawsuit filed against Mercedes-Benz

A new lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz is seeking to stop the company from releasing vehicles with exploding panoramic sunroofs. The presiding judge dismissed claims involving active concealment but allowed the plaintiff’s express warranty claim to stand. During her decision, the judge determined that the plaintiff had a legitimate claim of defects in material and workmanship. The manufacturer faces charges of common law fraud, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment.

The problem is so complex that the sunroof glass is not able to withstand the pressures from the vehicle or the sunroof frame. Consequently, the glass could break spontaneously without external objects hitting it. According to the lawsuit, Mercedes-Benz knew about the problem in 2013, and the company has been aware of the problem since 2013. The manufacturer has access to pre-release testing data, customer surveys, and replacement part warranty.

Suit dismissed

In a recent court ruling, a Mercedes-Benz sunroof lawsuit was dismissed. The plaintiff, Bruce Pickens, claimed that his GLE was faulty and his sister’s sunroof burst. After hearing what sounded like a shotgun blast, the plaintiff pulled over and discovered that the sunroof had collapsed. Although there was no obvious exterior damage to the car, the lawsuit alleges that the sunroof failed to meet safety standards.

The glass on Mercedes-Benz panoramic sunroofs is not designed to withstand pressures from the sunroof frame and flexing of the vehicle. As a result, the glass can spontaneously break even when the vehicle is parked or not in motion. Mercedes-Benz has been aware of this problem for several years, including pre-release testing data and customer surveys. However, despite the high failure rates, the company was unable to take responsibility for the defect.

Cost of replacing a shattered sunroof

The most common cause of a shattered panoramic sunroof is a rock that shatters the glass. Unlike other auto glass, this type of breakage is very rare. Because it’s tempered glass, it breaks into many small pieces. But shards can travel in the sunroof track and pick up lubricant. And if you don’t have a replacement, you can try duct tape to keep the existing roof in place. You might also be able to find replacement glass panels in a local junkyard.

If your sunroof has been shattered without explanation, you should consider filing a lawsuit against Kia to recover your money. The manufacturer’s warranty doesn’t cover damage caused by a shattered sunroof, so it’s unlikely that the company will make good on the warranty. Kia has refused to make any repairs, and they can’t even guarantee the replacement sunroof won’t shatter. Replacement sunroofs can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, including labor and materials. Many affected Kia owners spent upwards of $3,000 on their panoramic sunroofs.

Impact on owners and passengers

An investigation by Consumer Reports has highlighted the escalating number of complaints of exploding panoramic sunroofs. The agency found 859 accounts of incidents involving this type of car component, across 208 models and 35 brands. This study indicates that the number of complaints has increased over the past few years as larger panoramic sunroofs have become more common.

The explosion of a panoramic sunroof has a dramatic impact on drivers and passengers. Those occupants trapped in a rolling vehicle are likely to sustain injuries from flying objects and airbags. In some cases, people trapped inside the vehicle suffered severe lacerations and cuts. Other serious injuries may include whiplash, neck damage, and permanent paralysis. The human body can only withstand a certain amount of jostling before it starts to break down internally. The result is an expensive medical bill for survivors of this accident.

The latest reports of exploding panoramic sunroofs are inconclusive. Experts have concluded that the problem has nothing to do with the glass itself, but instead with the way these vehicles are designed. In addition to the heightened risk of falling, these vehicles also feature more sophisticated engineering than their predecessors. These heightened safety concerns have caused the automotive industry to recall some cars, including the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series.

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