Kia Sorento Under Federal Investigation for Exploding Sunroof Claims

Kia Sorento owners claim sunroofs explode while cruising down the highway.

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— The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into exploding sunroofs on model year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento SUVs.

It won't be the first time exploding sunroofs made the news.  Last October, Hyundai faced an investigation into shattered sunroofs in the 2012 Hyundai Veloster.  Those vehicles were recalled a short time later.

Additionally, CarComplaints.com has heard from angry owners of other Kia models concerning exploding sunroofs, including this complaint about a 2013 Kia Optima.

The federal Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) said they received 15 complaints about sunroofs that explode in the Sorento, with 13 people claiming it happened while driving.

"My husband and I were driving down the freeway when we heard a loud bang and felt the glass from the sunroof of our 2013 Kia Sorento SX fall on us and into the vehicle. It was a sunny day and about 50 degrees outside at the time. While the sun shade had been pulled back slightly to let in some sunshine, the sun roof itself was closed."

The government says one driver said they were cut by flying glass.  Further, ODI says internal reports from Kia indicate a potential problem with the sunroof.

Safety regulators will determine if the investigation needs to be expanded, or if 64,000 Kia Sorentos need to be recalled.

Don't think your sunroof could explode?  It could, and here's why.