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Ford Sunroof Lawsuit Heads Back To Court Following Judge’s Dismissal

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Back in the October of 2019, a Ford sunroof lawsuit was filed after the owner of a 2013 Ford Escape claimed her panoramic sunroof exploded spontaneously while she was driving, spraying down bits of glass on her and her infant daughter. The cause of the explosion reportedly stemmed from tempered glass that was too thin.

However, a judge dismissed the class action lawsuit just a few months later, noting that it “defies common sense to claim that a manufacturer must disclose every single failure of any component or part to every potential purchaser, even if the failure is minor and not dangerous, or even if it has only happened a handful of times.” Regardless, an appeals court disagreed, and now the Ford sunroof lawsuit is back in the lower district court, according to Car Complaints.

The appeals court found that it is possible Ford was aware of the exploding sunroof issue and said that customer complaints revolving around the issue “are circumstantial evidence that the defendant is on notice of the defect.” The court also noted that there is enough evidence that the sunroof is a potential hazard and it is up to a jury to decide if Ford is liable in the case.

Ford claims that it has seen a mere 0.05 percent failure rate for its panoramic sunroofs – a number far equal to or greater than competitor failures – which it began offering in a variety of vehicles back in 2007. That, it argues, isn’t a high enough number to warrant the automaker looking further into the issue or taking action.

According to the lawsuit, a number of Ford and Lincoln vehicles are equipped with defective sunroofs, including the 2007-present Ford Edge, 2009-present Ford Focus, 2010-present Ford Fusion, 2011-present Ford Explorer, 2009-present Ford Flex, 2011-present Ford F-150, 2009-2014 Ford Mustang, 2008-present Ford Escape, 2014-present Ford Transit Connect, 2013-present Ford C-Max, 2007-present Lincoln MKX, 2009-2015 Lincoln MKS, 2013-present Lincoln MKZ, 2010-present Lincoln MKT, 2010-2011 Mercury Milan, and 2010-2011 Mercury Montego.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. i will never buy another ford with a pano moonroof. the basic design has been around since 07 or so and is garbage unreliable crap. just google ford bamr failure or panoramic moonroof and all you will find are people reporting horrible experiences. From flatout total failure like noted in the case, to cracks, failure to operate, and to as lame as just being noisy and not sealing.

    average folks don’t want sunroofs but manufacturers seem to think it’s a feature draw and just auto include them in packages.

    you suck ford.

    • When I got my NEW Ford F150 Ecoboost, I opted to by new because it has a warranty and I picked what I wanted on the car, you do have a choice. I know that there will be issues and plan on using Ford to fix them. I also have an Audi that has a warranty and expect that I will use that warranty as well if something comes up with it. The point is that these are complex machines and will NEVER be perfect. If you want a simple car, by something from the 60’s and work on it yourself. If you never take care of your car, things will go wrong. There are such things as maintenance. Even the sunroof needs to be cleaned depending on where you keep the car. Gees, you need a bicycle instead of a car or better yet, you need to ride the bus.

  2. We have a 2008 Escape, not the pano roof, but the smaller moon roof, leaks so bad we have to take towels to the carwash to keep the seats dry, broke the transmission at 160,000 miles, but still love it! Bought a newer Explorer, (no sun roof!). Love our 3.5, but that is Escape SO much fun to drive.

    • I have had Fords for a long period of time and others as well. The sunroof seals go out, it happens. I had a Dodge where the sunroof seal was not sealing and a simple cleaning took care of the problem. All cars have issues and to think that a machine is going to be perfect is unreasonable.

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