really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,836 miles

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problem #8

Mar 212015


  • 37,000 miles
After going to the bank we stopped for breakfast.....it was about 40 degrees and light snow was falling.....while eating our sun roof exploded......it had a cone shape upwards and glass was all around on the roof and hood of the veh.....veh was parked lucky for us...... but it sounded like a gun shot and glass went flying.....

- Hermon , ME, USA

problem #7

Sep 242014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 13,800 miles
Spouse parked and waiting in the car at airport arrival curb around 8:30pm. As I was walking towards the car, I heard a loud explosion, sounded like a gunshot. Then I noticed the car sunroof pieces shattered all over. No cars passing by. Temp around 90F. Luckily no passengers close by to the car. Spouse was in shock and luckily the sunroof cover was closed. I could not find a cause other than suspecting this is a vehicle manufacturing defect. The only damage part was sunroof itself. This is a serious safety issue that deem a safety recall of sunroof replacement. Luckily no one was injured. Reported the issue to Nissan consumer affair and waiting to hear back from them.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jun 232014


  • 33,500 miles
I was driving in the center lane of a 3 lane highway when I heard an explosion and felt something hit me and realized by sunroof shattered and the glass came down on top of me. I pulled over when I could and could not find a cause for this. The only thing damaged was the sunroof itself. I did not have the visor closed so it covered me in glass plus I still feel the impact from either the spray or just the force on my right head, ear, and shoulder. No cuts, just sore. Outside temp was about 55-60 and I had driven about 20 miles so the cabin was comfortable. I was not around any trucks nor did I drive under an overpass. No explanation other than it exploding by itself.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 022014


  • 15,000 miles
Vehicle parked in driveway. Sunroof shattered. 53 degree temp.

- Lisbon, CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 072014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 21,200 miles
While driving to work at about 6:45 am I heard a loud noise like an explosion and heard glass cracking and looked at sunroof. It had exploded and burst into pieces. I closed the sunshield to protect myself and pulled to the side of the road. I called 911 and a ga state patrol came and inspected the incident and stated it looked like a manufacturers defect with no sign of anything impacting the car. He wrote an incident report and I had to drive onto work. Nissan is looking at my car later to diagnose the problem and I hope they do things right so I don't have to fight to get this resolved.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 242013

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 15,387 miles
While parked in our driveway, open space - nothing above, the sun roof imploded. It was fine when we parked the car, but the next morning the glass was broken. No impact, temp 15 degrees F.

- Greenwood, ME, USA

problem #2

Feb 062013


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the sun roof exploded without warning. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 50,650...updated 02-28-14 the consumer stated the glass sunroof shattered twice and was repaired both times at no cost to the owner. Updated 03/19/2014

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #1

Jul 042013


  • 8,800 miles
I was driving my Nissan Sentra over I-25 and suddenly moon roof exploded. I heard a gunshot and glasses flying.this is a serious safety issue and Nissan must issue recall or replacement for all affected vehicles. It sounds like vehicle manufacturing defect. I read several forums on internet and came to know that several people experienced the same issue with several other cars.

- Superior, CO, USA