For some time, a number of Ford F-150 owners have alleged that the trucks rear window glass is susceptible to breaking with no obvious cause. Recently, the suspected defect found its latest victim: Patricia Jones of Houston, Texas.
Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reports that Jones was on her way to school recently in her 2016 Ford F-150 when, out of nowhere, the rear window shattered. “All of a sudden we heard a big bang and the glass shattered and we stopped,” Jones told KTRK. “[I] got out to look to see if anything had hit us and nothing. There [were] no marks, no anything, just shattered glass.”
Both Ford Motor Company and Jones’ local Ford dealer dispute her on that; after examining the truck, they claim there is evidence of an impact that caused the glass to break. Despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration receiving several other complaints just like this one for the 2016 Ford F-150, with dozens of similar claims stretching back to the 2010 model year or before, the automaker has never issued a recall for the alleged defect.
Many of the complaints out there seem to note that the rear defroster was activated at the time of the glass breakage, and Jones says that when she encountered the issue, she smelled something akin to burning electronics.
For the time being, if you have a newer Ford F-150 and the rear window glass breaks without any obvious provocation, make extensive note of the circumstances surrounding the breakage, keep all receipts and other documentation from any repair work you need to have done, and file a complaint with NHTSA.