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.

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"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.

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"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. 

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:26 PM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital. 

Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation. 

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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. 

The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time. 

Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242. 

The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia. 

Traffic in the area is affected until further notice. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Gravesites overrun for Civil War veterans at Miami County cemetery

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Jackson Cemetery just outside Piqua is home to Civil War veterans and many African-Americans who were born slaves but died free.

The cemetery has been a historical landmark for the last 10 years.

However, of concern to Piqua resident Della Shaffer is that some of these historical gravesites are overrun by brush.

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She knows of nine veterans buried here and has seen at least five headstones in the woods.

“I think it’s very disrespectful and it’s kind of sad to think this is their final resting place after giving service to our country,” Shaffer said.

“We are Americans. These are veterans of the Civil War. These are men that served under Abraham Lincoln.

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“I would love to have this cleared up by Memorial Day out of respect for them. But sometimes things take time,” she said.

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Lights back on after more than 7,800 lose power in Kettering area

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Power has been restored after more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers lost service earlier this evening in the Kettering area due to a “substation event.”

UPDATE @ 8:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 359, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

Power was expected to be restored around 9 p.m., according to the DP&L website.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 4,733, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

At its height, the number without service was more than 7,800 after a malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Crews are working to restore power to more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers without service this evening in the Kettering area, Kelly Millhouse, director of operations, said.

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A malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m. that led to the outages.

Millhouse said service will be switched to other circuits to restore power as soon as possible, and that there should be no other interruption of service as repairs are made to the substation.

FIRST REPORT

More than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening in the Kettering area.

According to the DP&L online outage map, the power failure was reported around 6:30 p.m. and restoration time is expected by 8 p.m. Originally, about 900 outages were reported before that number jumped to 7,882 on the outage map.

We are waiting to hear back from the utility on what led to the outages.

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Collision involving private ambulance, passenger car snarls traffic

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:24 PM

Crash at Linden Avenue involving ambulance

A collision involving a private ambulance and a passenger car on Linden Avenue at East Third Street ended with no injuries, police said. 

The accident was dispatched about 8:15 p.m. 

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The MedPro ambulance was empty and was not on a call, according to police. The other car, a small Saturn, had a small child inside. 

Police tell us they're working to determine the at-fault driver.

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