Safety Glass Defect
If laminated glass is not used in a vehicle’s windshield then it is a design defect. If tempered glass breaks and allows an occupant to be ejected this may be a design defect.
The purpose of all safety glass in a motor vehicle is to protect the occupants from harm. Injuries attributed to the failure of safety glass can be the basis of an injury claim.
Exploding Sunroofs in 2018
More and more, sunroofs (including panoramic sunroofs) are being installed in motor vehicles as a popular luxury addition to many sedans, SUVs, and minivans. The number of complaints for exploding sunroofs while the vehicle is being driven is a growing danger. As reported by Consumer Reports, more and more sunroof explosions are being reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
So far, the sunroof glass itself has only caused minor injuries, according to filed complaints. However, as Consumer Reports points out, there is a distinct issue involving the potential for the explosion to startle and distract the driver, causing a serious or fatal injury. Here, the defective glass would legally be a cause of the crash and the basis of a defective glass failure claim against the car manufacturer.
Experienced Safety Glass Failure Attorneys
Today, in some luxury vehicles, laminated glass is offered in side windows and other parts of the vehicle besides the windshield. Otherwise, motor vehicles operating and sold in the United States today feature mainly tempered glass, despite known dangers and risks of its use during a serious accident.
Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair LLP has extensive experience fighting for justice after victims have suffered serious injuries due to defective safety glass in a vehicle.