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I haven't seen any reports here of exploding sunroofs, but came across these reports on NHTS' website for the Cadenza:

Date Complaint Filed: 03/14/2016
Date of Incident: 03/09/2016

Component(s): STRUCTURE

NHTSA ID Number: 10846442

Consumer Location: SPRING BRANCH, TX

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)

  • KIACADENZA2014

  • Crash:No
  • Fire:No
  • Number of Injuries:0
  • Number of Deaths:0
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America

Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): KNALN4D71E5...

SUMMARY:

WHILE TRAVELING ON AN INTERSTATE - DURING A RAIN STORM - TRAVELING AROUND 65-70MPH - AND OTHER VEHICLES IN FRONT OF, BESIDE, AND BEHIND ME - OUT OF NOWHERE (NOT BIG BUMPS BEING HIT ) THERE WAS A SUDDEN BOOM WHICH SOUNDED LIKE A SHOTGUN GOING OFF. THIS WAS VERY ALARMING AND SCARED THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF ME. LUCKILY I WAS ABLE TO GAIN COMPOSURE TO NOTICE THAT MY SUNROOF HAD EXPLODED AS GLASS CONTINUED TO COME DOWN INTO THE CAR. I WAS ABLE TO PULL OVER (STILL IN POURING RAIN) AND EVENTUALLY MAKE IT TO A BRIDGE WHERE I COULD SHIELD THE RAIN TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. ONCE OUT OF THE CAR, IT WAS EVIDENT THAT THE SLIDING SUNROOF OF MY PANORAMIC ROOF HAD EXPLODED UPWARD. I AWAITED A TOW TRUCK TO TOW THE VEHICLE TO CLOSEST DEALER (AN HOUR AWAY - IN THE POURING RAIN WHICH SOAKED THE INTERIOR.) I KNEW THAT IT HAD TO BE SOME TYPE OF DEFECT SINCE THE EXPLOSION WENT UPWARD. UPON RESEARCHING THE INTERNET, IT APPEARS THAT THIS TYPE OF DEFECT HAS HAPPENED AS FAR BACK AS 2010. KIA IS LOOKING TO REPLACE THE SUNROOF UNDER WARRANTY WHICH IS PROBABLY THE SAME DEFECTIVE SUNROOF. I DO NOT HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE IN THIS CAR AND WOULD NOT ALLOW MY FAMILY TO BE IN THIS CAR MOVING FORWARD. IT IS SUCH AN ALARMING SITUATION AND COULD HAPPEN SO SPONTANEOUSLY, IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL MORE DEVASTATING ACCIDENTS COULD OCCUR. AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE, I AM LUCKY THAT IT WAS ME DRIVING - NOT MY WIFE OR MY KIDS. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT OUTCOME. OTHER MANUFACTURES HAVE ADDRESSED THEIR ISSUE WITH PANORAMIC ROOFS, BUT KIA CONTINUES TO DENY THEY HAVE A PROBLEM. KIA SHOULD BUY BACK THESE CARS AS THEY ARE A SAFETY HAZARD FOR NOT ONLY THOSE IN THE CAR, BUT FOR ANY MOTORIST AROUND THEM. THESE VEHICLES SHOULD BE RECALLED, AND IF THEY CONTINUE TO SELL VEHICLES WITH THIS CHARACTERISTIC, THEY SHOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE A DISCLAIMER TO WARN BUYERS.
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Date Complaint Filed: 03/04/2016 Date of Incident: 03/03/2016
Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER
NHTSA ID Number: 10839935
Consumer Location: MARIETTA, GA

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)

  • KIACADENZA2015

  • Crash:No
  • Fire:No
  • Number of Injuries:0
  • Number of Deaths:0
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America

Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): KNALN4D76F5...

SUMMARY:

WHILE DRIVING DOWN A STRAIGHT PATH ON AN INTERSTATE AT ROUGHLY 70 MPH, THE SUNROOF OF THE VEHICLE EXPLODED WITH A SOUND LIKE A BOMB GOING OFF. THE DEALER IS CLAIMING THE EXPLOSION WAS CAUSED BY A DIMPLE IN THE ROOF OF THE CAR CAUSED BY A ROCK OR AN OBJECT THAT HIT THE CAR AT SOME POINT. HOWEVER, THE DEALERSHIP - AND ONLINE RESEARCH - SHOWS THAT THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE INSTANCES OF SUNROOFS EXPLODING IN THIS MAKE/MODEL/YEAR OF KIAS BUT NO RECALL HAS BEEN REGISTERED AS YET
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Date Complaint Filed: 06/18/2015 Date of Incident: 06/17/2015
Component(s): STRUCTURE
NHTSA ID Number: 10725953
Consumer Location: LITTLEFIELD, TX

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)

  • KIACADENZA2014

  • Crash:No
  • Fire:No
  • Number of Injuries:0
  • Number of Deaths:0
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America

Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): Not Available

SUMMARY:

I WAS DRIVING ON THE HWY AND MY SUNROOF SPONTANEOUSLY SHATTERED. I DO NOT THINK A ROCK HIT IT BUT IF IT DID IT SHOULD NOT HAVE SHATTERED. I WAS TOLD BY THE DEALER THAT IT HAD HAPPENED BEFORE BUT WHEN I ARRIVED TO THE DEALERSHIP HE THEN LOOKED AND THE SUNROOF AND SAID THAT IT LOOKED AS IF IT HAD BEEN STRUCK BY A ROCK AND THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO DO AN INVESTIGATION. I THEN TOLD HIM THAT IF A ROCK HIT IT, IT STILL SHOULD NOT HAVE BUSTED AND SHATTERED THE WAY IT DID. HE SAID IT HAS SOMETHING TO SO WITH CABIN PRESSURE. SO THEN IF THAT IS THE CASE EVERY TIME A ROCK HITS IT THEN IT WILL BUST AND SHATTER?
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Date Complaint Filed: 03/27/2015 Date of Incident: 03/24/2015
Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER
NHTSA ID Number: 10702220
Consumer Location: UPPER MARLBORO, MD

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)

  • KIACADENZA2014

  • Crash:No
  • Fire:No
  • Number of Injuries:0
  • Number of Deaths:0
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America

Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): KNALN4D78E5...

SUMMARY:

WHILE DRIVING DOWN 95 S FROM COLUMBIA I HEARD A LOUD POP AND THEN THE SUN ROOF COVER SLID BACK (IT HAD BEEN CLOSED) AND THE SUNROOF GLASS SHATTERED DOWN ON MY PASSENGER AND MY HEAD AND INTO THE CAR. WE LOOKED UP AND WE COULD SEE THE SKY. THE GLASS WAS POINTING UPWARD. NOT KNOWING WHAT WAS HAPPENING WE BOTH DUCKED, I CLOSED THE SUNROOF PANEL COVER AND KEPT DRIVING SINCE WE WERE NOT FAR FROM THE CAR DEALER (SEVERAL EXITS DOWN THE HIGHWAY).
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So 4 reports. Seems that in at least 3 of the reports involved interstate driving.

Just thought I'd share.
 

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I had a sun roof explode on my Honda accord a few years back, but never heard of one on the cadenza.
I noticed the same report in this posting, same vin# in three different states. Boy they must have had the
same problem where ever they were at. over and over.
 

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Just because it is on the internet doesn't make it true . I have never heard of this happening in British Columbia on any car let alone a Kia brand specifically a Cadenza . **** happens sometimes. I had a high-speed blowout and I was fortunate that I did keep my cool and pull over. I was driving a Lincoln MKZ AWDI simply replaced the tire with the same brand I don't believe it was an OEM tire but thinking I was running Michelin high-performance summer tires . and In my view to say you have lost confidence in the lincoln and in your case the Cadenza might be a tad overreacting . Maybe just maybe Kia was right and it was external forces . Three or four sunroof blowouts from questionable le sources a recall does not make . Remember in problem-solving check off the obvious then start on the unobvious ( sherlock Holmes)
 

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More reports from the NHTSA website:

March 15, 2017 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 10966060
Components: VISIBILITY
NHTSA ID Number: 10966060

Incident Date March 14, 2017

Consumer Location WARNER, OK

Vehicle Identification Number N/A

Summary of Complaint

CRASHNo

FIRENo

INJURIES0

DEATHS0

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2014 KIA CADENZA. THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING AT 70 MPH, THE SUN ROOF EXPLODED FROM THE EXTERIOR WITHOUT IMPACT. THE WERE NO INJURIES SUSTAINED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 104,000. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.
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NHTSA ID Number: 11011327

Incident Date July 27, 2017

Consumer Location HENRICO, VA

Vehicle Identification Number KNALN4D7XE5****

Summary of Complaint

CRASHNo

FIRENo

INJURIES1

DEATHS0

SUNROOF EXPLODED IN A VERY LOUD MANNER. NO OBJECT HIT THE SUNROOF, IT JUST EXPLODED. VEHICLE WAS UNDERWAY GOING STRAIGHT AHEAD ON A HIGHWAY. NO OVERPASS OR VEHICLE DIRECTLY IN FRONT.
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NHTSA ID Number: 10934856

Incident Date December 6, 2016

Consumer Location PORTERVILLE, CA

Vehicle Identification Number N/A

Summary of Complaint

CRASHNo

FIRENo

INJURIES0

DEATHS0

ON DECEMBER 6, 2016 MY SUNROOF EXPLODED WHILE DRIVING DOWN THE FREEWAY. THE EXPLOSION WAS SO LOUD AND VIOLENT I THOUGHT I WAS SHOT. SHARDS OF GLASS RAINED DOWN ON MY HEAD. I WAS ABLE TO AVOID A VEHICLE COLLISION, BUT WAS VERY SHAKEN UP ABOUT THE ORDEAL. MY RIGHT EAR FELT DEAF AND I NOTICEABLE HAVE LESS HEARING AS A RESULT OF THE EXPLOSION. *TR
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Three new reports, and all happened on the freeway. Seems to be a common element to the exploding sunroofs.
 

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Wow, I hope these are just random anomalies, I drive with my kids in the back who are babies still, definitely dont need this happening. I wonder if a lawsuit can be filed.
 

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What would the lawsuit be over, imperfections in the glass? Trying to sue someone because of a freak accident (possibly under certain circumstances, we don't know yet) is a bit too far for me. The only way to really avoid this is to not have a full glass roof. I hate it when people get sue happy (not saying you are rmorris) and just want to try to extort money. Now, if it turns out that there is knowledge of this happening during x conditions at Kia (or any manufacturer) and they went ahead with it anyways, THEN that would be grounds for a lawsuit. Sometimes things just fail or weird freak things happen but in the case of glass there's only really 1 thing that happens, and that's shatter. It seems much more violent because that's just its nature. It's the same thing with a tire, at lower speeds or sitting at home it may just leak out, but doing 70 on the highway may lead to a sudden blowout. The fact that one of the guys said it sounded like a gunshot to me says there were some good forces involved, probably not everyday driving conditions.
 

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There seems to be a common thread in that the cars who have "exploding sunroofs" are all from states that receive far more sun then say British Columbia .I often wondered if IO was a snow bird who left a car in Scottsdale should I leave a few windows and my sun roof slightly open to stop air expanding . I have no scientific basis for making this statement but maybe the heat buildup over time is culprit for exploding glass.
 

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Intersting thought on the sun. The dates of the occurance are mostly in the Spring (March), with a couple on June/July and one in December. I think it would be hard to say if the sun heated something up that contributed to the explosions. I link this to the highway - all these incidents happened at speed without warning. Makes me think there is some kind of vibration or resonance causing it linked to speed.

Oh wow, just found this article from consumer reports. Hyundai and Kia are bad!

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/exploding-sunroofs-danger-overhead/



It's a good read. Some excerpts:

"When asked about its sunroofs, Kia mostly blamed road debris: “When a cause of breakage is identifiable, it is always road debris or projectiles, even in cases involving users who insist no road debris caused the breakage.”

"Searching for a Cause

While there is much debate over the prevailing cause for sunroof explosions, there is generally agreement on this: Current regulatory standards haven’t kept pace with the size or design innovations in panoramic sunroofs. Basically, this means that some sunroofs are underengineered."

"One problem is that modern designs are more three-dimensional and often involve bending glass to the curvature of the roof, notes Rob Vandal, senior director of research and development with Guardian Glass, a major American automotive glass supplier. That makes them more susceptible to impacts, even from very small objects, Vandal says, because they present a more vertical surface for an offending object to strike."

"If sunroofs are “just breaking [on their own],” Corsi says, “it’s likely to be a manufacturing flaw,” noting “the larger the piece of glass, the smaller the margin of error.”
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I had no idea sunroof glass is unregulated - consensus is laminated glass (like the front windshield) is the strongest, while tempered is weaker. I've heard some popping and creaking noises from the sunroof before - this has me more worried than I was before.
 

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There seems to be a common thread in that the cars who have "exploding sunroofs" are all from states that receive far more sun then say British Columbia .I often wondered if IO was a snow bird who left a car in Scottsdale should I leave a few windows and my sun roof slightly open to stop air expanding . I have no scientific basis for making this statement but maybe the heat buildup over time is culprit for exploding glass.
I thought the same exact thing. But honestly, unless you want to come back to a dust filled car (if it's anything like Yuma or most of the rest of the desert SW, I wouldn't leave anything open to the outside, even if it's in a storage garage.
 

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Some more reports from NHTSA:

January 11, 2018 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11062161
Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
NHTSA ID Number: 11062161

Incident Date January 10, 2018

Consumer Location MADISON, MS

Vehicle Identification Number KNALN4D76E5****

Summary of Complaint

THE FRONT GLASS ROOF PANEL/SUNROOF EXPLODED WITH NO EVIDENCE OF ANY OUTSIDE FORCE OR FACTOR. CAR IS A 2014 KIA CADENZA PURCHASED USED IN 2017 WITH 10,000 MILES. MILEAGE AT TIME OF INCIDENT WAS 17,629. NO RELEVANT MAINTENANCE HISTORY ASSOCIATED WITH THE INCIDENT. I WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE IN RIDGELAND, MS SOUTHBOUND ON A FRONTAGE ROAD OFF OF I-55 AT 6:20 PM CST AT A SPEED OF APPROXIMATELY 55 MILES PER HOUR IN DRIVE AS THE VEHICLE HAS AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. IT HAD BEEN AN OVERCAST DAY AND AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT IT WAS NOT RAINING AND THE TEMPERATURE WAS NEAR 60 DEGREES. THERE WERE NO CARS ON EITHER SIDE OF ME NOR IN FRONT OF ME FOR A REASONABLE DISTANCE. AS I WAS DRIVING, THERE WAS AN EXTREMELY LOUD EXPLOSION WHICH SOUNDED AS IF A GUN HAD BEEN DISCHARGED IN OR NEAR MY CAR. I WAS EXTREMELY STARTLED BY THE EXPLOSION AND IMMEDIATELY HEARD OUTSIDE NOISE AND FELT AIR COMING IN FROM THE TOP OF THE CAR. I SLOWED AND ENGAGED MY HAZARDS UNTIL I COULD GET TO A LOCATION TO INSPECT THE CAR. I NOTICED AN INTERESTING SMELL DIRECTLY AFTER THE INCIDENT BUT COULD NOT DETERMINE WHERE IT WAS COMING FROM AND IT DISSIPATED. ONCE I PARKED THE CAR IT WAS AS EXPECTED, THE FRONT SECTION OF THE ROOF GLASS HAD A LARGE HOLE WITH GLASS SHARDS AND THE REMAINDER OF THE FRONT SECTION OF GLASS WAS CRACKED BUT HAD NOT DISLODGED. THE REAR GLASS SECTION APPEARED TO BE UNHARMED. THREE WORK EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS MY WIFE WITNESSED THE DAMAGE DIRECTLY AFTER I PARKED. THIS WAS A TRIP I HAD MADE NUMEROUS TIMES WITH NO UNUSUAL ROAD CONDITIONS, TRAFFIC OR WEATHER IN THIS CASE.
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February 5, 2018 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11066923
Components: STRUCTURE
NHTSA ID Number: 11066923

Incident Date January 31, 2018

Consumer Location WINTER GARDEN, FL

Vehicle Identification Number KNALN4D79F5****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN I AM DRIVING HOME JUST A MILE AWAY FROM HOME I HEARD A POP NOISE SIMILAR TO A BALLOON AND MY KIDS WITH ME AND I ASKED THEM DID THEY HAVE ANY BALLOONS WITH YOU ALL . THEY SAY NO AND HEARD THE SAME NOISE AND I WAS THINKING MAY BE THE TIRE POPPED BUT I DIDN'T FEEL ANYTHING IN MY STEERING WHEEL . THEN I STARTED HEARING WIND NOISE COMING INTO THE CAR. THEN I REALIZED THE SUNROOF MUST HAVE EXPLODED. I GOT TO MY HOUSE AND GOT OUT CHECK IT OUT FIND ITS STARTING CRACK ALL OVER THE FRONT MOON ROOF. I COULD HEAR IT'S SLOWLY CRACKING WITH SUEAKY NOISE WITH PRESSURE AND ITS LIFTING SLIGHTLY OVER ITSELF. WE ARE SAFELY CONE OUT OF THE CAR BEFORE THE GLASS CAME DOWN.I HAVE HEARD SIMILAR PROBLEMS WITH KIA SORENTO BUT NEVER WITH CADENZAS.NOW I SEE THE PROBLEM OF USING TEMPERED GLASS IT SEEMS VERY DANGEROUS THEY ARE VERY SHARP. I CONTACTED KIA AND THEY SAID WILL CALL BACK IN 2 DAYS AND THEY CALLED BACK BUT I COULD COULDN'T PICK UP, NO ONE ANSWER MY RETURN CALL I AM WAITING FOR 4 DAYS NOW FOR A SOLUTION TO THIS.
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February 22, 2018 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11074369
Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
NHTSA ID Number: 11074369

Incident Date February 22, 2018

Consumer Location MISSOURI CITY, TX

Vehicle Identification Number KNALN4D76E5****

Summary of Complaint

MOONROOF EXPLODED FOR NO OBVIOUS REASON WHILST DRIVING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS
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July 30, 2018 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11114680
Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
NHTSA ID Number: 11114680

Incident Date July 27, 2018

Consumer Location ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ

Vehicle Identification Number N/A

Summary of Complaint

WAS DRIVING DOWN A BUSY LOCAL ROAD WHEN OUT OF NO WHERE, I HEARD A LOUND EXPLOSION. I LOOKED AT THE REAR VIEW MIRROR THINKING SOMETHING HAD CRASHED INTO THE BACK WINDSHIELD, BUT THERE WAS NOTHING. I GOT OUT TO CHECK THE CAR AND NOTICED A HUGE HOLE IN MY SUNROOF. THE GLASS HAD SHATTERED AND PIECES WERE EVERYWHERE. I CALLED KIA TO SEE IF IT WOULD BE COVERED UNDER WARRANTY, BUT THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY'VE NEVER COME ACROSS SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I EVEN SHOWED THEM MANY SOURCES ONLINE OF PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE SAME EXACT ISSUE AND THEY STILL FAILED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEFECT. IT WAS CLEARLY DUE TO TOO MUCH PRESSURE FROM HOW THE CAR WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT AS THE SUNROOF WAS CONCAVING UPWARDS. CLEARLY A SAFETY HAZARD WHILE DRIVING DUE TO THE LOUD, UNEXPECTED EXPLODING SOUND AND WORST CASE, COULD'VE CAUSED INJURY WITH GLASS FALLING EVERYWHERE HAD MY SUNROOF BEEN ACTUALLY OPEN.
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September 20, 2018 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11130448
Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
NHTSA ID Number: 11130448

Incident Date September 18, 2018

Consumer Location COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Vehicle Identification Number KNALN4D78E5****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING ON 9/18 NORTHBOUND ON I-25 AT 75 MPH OUTSIDE CASTLE ROCK. CO, MY SUNROOF EXPLODED. GLASS RAINED DOWN ON ME. THERE WERE NO OTHER CARS AROUND ME AT THE TIME AND THERE IS NO OTHER DAMAGE TO MY CAR. THERE IS NO OBJECT IN THE CAR THAT WOULD INDICATE THE SUNROOF WAS HIT BY SOMETHING.
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Interestingly there are no reports of exploding sunroofs on the '17-19 MY Cadenza's
 

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And some more:

November 12, 2019 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11279519
Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
NHTSA ID Number: 11279519

Incident Date November 7, 2019

Consumer Location HARRIMAN, TN

Vehicle Identification Number KNALN4D77F5****

Summary of Complaint

2015 KIA CADENZA PANORAMIC SUNROOF SPONTANEOUSLY EXPLODED WHILE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY. SOUNDED LIKE A BOMB EXPLODED IN THE CAR AND THERE WAS NO EXTERNAL OBJECT INVOLVED.
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January 2, 2021 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11386068
Components: STRUCTURE, UNKNOWN OR OTHER
NHTSA ID Number: 11386068

Incident Date December 28, 2020

Consumer Location RICHARDSON, TX

Vehicle Identification Number KNALN4D77E5****

Summary of Complaint

MY KIA CADENZA HAS PANORAMIC SUNROOF. WHILE I WAS DRIVING I HEARD LOUD BOMB EXPLOSION NOISE AND THE SUNROOF EXPLODED. I ALMOST LOST CONTROL BUT LUCKILY NO ACCIDENT HAPPEND.
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Number reported seems to be slowing down
 
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