NEW YORK – Alton-based Simmons Hanly Conroy, is pursuing a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Ford Motor Co., alleging that large glass panoramic sunroofs on some Ford vehicles have spontaneously shattered.
Simmons Hanly Conroy is co-counsel in the case with Greg Coleman Law PC of Knoxville, Tenn., a prominent class action firm.
The lawsuit claims that the shattering sunroofs pose a serious safety issue because many drivers report that the startling effect of the glass explosion causes accidents or near-miss accidents. Additionally some drivers and passengers are said to have been cut by falling glass.
According to the complaint, “The shattering events are so powerful that startled drivers compare it to the sound of a gunshot, after which glass fragments rain down upon the occupants of the vehicle, sometimes while driving at highway speeds.”
The action seeks national and state class certification, injunctive relief, and damages on behalf of plaintiffs and others who bought or leased a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury vehicle with a sunroof that spontaneously shattered.
At least 70 owners of Ford vehicles have reported to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration that at least 80 panoramic sunroofs have shattered. The complaint alleges Ford has known about this problem since at least 2008 due to complaints to the NHTSA about defective sunroofs shattering in the Ford Edge. Ford has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by the NHTSA on this issue since May 2014, the law firm said.
The case is Douglas Krebsbach, et al. v. Ford Motor Company, Cause No. 2:16-at-01154; In the District Court for the Eastern District of California. The named plaintiffs in the case are Douglas and Kathleen Krebsbach of Folsom, Calif., and James and Martha Alexander of Foley, Ala.