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Investigator: Exploding sunroof sounds like gun shot

10:54 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Dave Frankowski was stopping to get gas for his 2012 Hyundai Sonata when suddenly, without warning, his sunroof shattered into pieces.

"It was just like, boom, an explosion, and glass just came down all over me," Frankowski said.

Frankowski said he began hearing noises coming from the sunroof a few months after purchasing the vehicle. The dealer tried to repair it, but the noise didn't go away. He considers himself fortunate he wasn't driving at highway speeds.

"It could have been really bad. I could have lost control. I could have swerved off the road," he said.

Channel 3 News found complaints involving other models and makes of vehicles whose sunroofs exploded. They include BMW, Cadillac, Volkswagen, Volvo, Kia, and Ford.

Hyundai recalled nearly 20,000 Velosters after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 11 complaints of sunroofs shattering.

NHTSA reports on its website that the panoramic sunroof assembly may have been weakened during factory installation.

According to NHTSA, Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will inspect the sunroof and replace it if necessary. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1.800.633.5151.

Hyundai's recall number is #108.

Frankowski did not suffer serious injury, only minor scrapes. He demanded a full refund and says he got all his money back.

He said even if had agreed to a new sunroof, he would have felt unsafe driving the damaged Sonata.

"It was scary. It was shocking.  It was frightening," Frankowski said.

WKYC-TV

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