Shattering sunroofs is a growing problem

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

Reports Of Exploding Sunroofs Are On The Rise

Some drivers say it happened to them on the interstate highway and others said they weren't even moving. But, they all describe the sound the same way.

"All of a sudden we heard what we thought was a gunshot," said Kate Vasiloff, of Virginia. 

It was the sound of her sunroof shattering into pieces.

LIST: Car makes, models whose sunroofs explode the most

"I was one hundred percent shocked," said Kara Ardron of South Carolina. "My sunroof was in a thousand pieces."

Kate Vasiloff was in her Nissan in Washington D.C. at a stop sign when she heard the sound.

Sunroofs are shattering all over the countries with all different kinds of cars.

"We finally looked up and opened the visor and the glass fell in on us," said Vasiloff. "God forbid it went into my eyes. I could have swerved into another car. I mean, the possibilities of how bad this could have been are endless."

Consumer Reporters writer Jeff Plungis found nearly 859 similar complaints about exploding sunroofs in the U.S. that involved 35 automakers and more than 200 models.

INVESTIGATION: Reports of exploding sunroofs on the rise

"So this is a widespread problem. It's not confined to just a couple of makes and models," said Plungis. "We feel like these are scary incidents. They're inherently dangerous and the automakers need to step up and be more accountable."

Experts have different theories as to why this is happening. Russ Corsi blames cheaper materials and larger sunroofs on newer models. Corsi is a consultant with 30 years experience in the auto glass industry.

"If it isn't bent property, shaped properly, it's got that opening," said Corsi. "Changes in temperature, thermal changes from hot to cold, cold to hot, cause that glass to try to flex and that could cause it to break." 

Corsi is based in Pittsburgh so we asked him to check the sunroof on one of the vehicles at our sister station there. He found a potentially dangerous, 8-inch crack in the sunroof.

"A sudden thermal shock or sudden twist in the body could cause that to blow up," Corsi said. 

Some of these cases have sparked lawsuits, recalls, federal safety inspections and U.S. Senate inquiries. Just last month, General Motors launched an internal review. 

"You never think it's going to happen to you," said Kara Ardron. 

Insurance paid part of the claim for damage, but she had to come up with $2500. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Community celebrates honorary street naming for Dean Lovelace

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:45 PM


The family of Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton city commissioner, celebrated an honorary street renaming for him Saturday.

>>Longest-serving Dayton commissioner dies

Dean Lovelace Drive was unveiled at 11 a.m. at Madden Hills Drive in Dayton.

The ceremony also included a balloon release in memory of the late commissioner who died last year on Memorial Day weekend at the age of 71.

Dean Lovelace

He served as commissioner for 22 years and left the commission in 2016 for health reasons after finishing his sixth term.

Lovelace was described by friends and peers as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy residents of Dayton.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

Trending - Most Read Stories

Bicyclist struck, killed in Troy; coroner called to scene

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

Bike rider killed.

UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m.

A bicyclist was fatally struck just before noon in Troy.

According to police, the man rode his bike into the path of an oncoming car.

Both directions in the 900 block of West Main Street, near Madison Street, were shut down while Troy police investigate the man’s death.

The Miami County coroner was called to the scene.


A pedestrian was struck and killed today in Troy.

The crash was reported just before noon in the 900 block of Main Street.

According to a witness, a man was struck by a vehicle and then thrown into the path of a second vehicle.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office dispatch confirmed the accident was a fatality.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will update this report.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

Trending - Most Read Stories

How to keep yourself and others safe at the pool over the summer

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

            Head Lifeguard Morgan Avers holds pages of a checklist as she monitors lifeguards treading water as they are being trained at the Miamisburg pool in preparation for the summer swimming season in 2015. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Head Lifeguard Morgan Avers holds pages of a checklist as she monitors lifeguards treading water as they are being trained at the Miamisburg pool in preparation for the summer swimming season in 2015. JIM WITMER/STAFF

With Memorial Day right around the corner, several area pools will be opening their doors in the coming weeks.

Pools are a community gathering place, so officials recommend you take some steps to keep them clean and yourself safe while you’re there.

Here’s what you can do to ensure a safe experience at the pool this summer:

RELATED: Miami Valley Pool Guide

Keep it clean

While most public pools are chlorinated or filtered, safety officials still recommend you take a shower before you enter the pool to keep bacteria out. They also stress following general cleanliness best practices and not throwing trash in the area around the pool.

If you can’t see the bottom, don’t swim.

TRENDING: City’s $10 million loan to Dayton Arcade largest investment in 15 years

Watch your children

Children should never be left unsupervised or allowed to swim alone.

All public pools are required to have certified lifeguards, but it’s recommended that you still keep a phone nearby to call for help if it’s needed.

Montgomery County Public Health Spokesperson Dan Suffoletto said parents should be sure to give their kids sunscreen and adequate bathroom breaks in addition to keeping a watchful eye on them.

The American Red Cross recommends learning CPR and first aid to help ensure everyone’s safety at the pool.

RELATED: CDC warns pools, hot tubs, water parks are hotbed for disease outbreaks

Keep your body healthy

Safety at the pool means more than just swimming carefully and abiding by the rules — it’s also important to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.

Suffoletto recommends using waterproof sunscreen if you plan on swimming, and reapplying it when you get out of the water.

It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the summer heat — but Suffoletto said it’s a bad idea to drink pool water.

Of course, it’s not always sunny. Suffoletto said it’s important to monitor the weather and avoid swimming when thunderstorms are in the area

Trending - Most Read Stories

Suspected marijuana, smoke pipes, cash seized in Clark County drug raid

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:18 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:14 PM

Suspected marijuana, smoke pipes, cash seized in Clark County drug raid

UPDATE @ 6:08 p.m. (May 25): Complaints from people living along Johnson Road in Clark County led to the search warrant that turned up suspected marijuana, smoke pipes, a handgun and nearly $900 in cash. 

The fruits of the warrant search are likely to include at least three or four arrests, Lt. Rusty Garman, operations commander, German Township police officer, told News Center 7's Mike Campbell on Friday. 

German Twp. police executed the warrant Thursday afternoon and on Friday displayed for the public what they seized from the home, which had its own specialized smoking room -- complete with a sign on the door announcing the room's purpose. 

This handgun and items used in the consumption of drugs were among the items German Twp., Clark County, police seized in a raid this week. (Darrin Pope/Staff)(WHIO)

Police said the suspected marijuana will be sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations, in London, Ohio, for testing. 

Police also found three people and two pit bulls at the house. No arrests were made during the execution of the warrant. 

Garman said the arrests likely will come after all the evidence from the four-month investigation has been gathered, evaluated and cataloged.


A drug-related search warrant was served this morning on Johnson Road, however no arrests have been made, according to police.

Officers were at the home around 11 a.m.

Man involved in Clark County police pursuit to appear in court

Police said they were at the home to gather evidence, however didn’t disclose any other details immediately.

The township’s police chief said more information could be released later this afternoon.

Trending - Most Read Stories