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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,057 miles

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2013 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 152014


  • 22,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the sun roof exploded. The fractured glass penetrated the vehicle interior however, the contact did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 22,000.

- Pontiac , MI, USA

problem #9

May 062014

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,369 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, he heard a very loud noise and after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the sun roof had exploded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician verified the failure and replaced the sun roof. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 15,369. Updated 06/12/14 updated 07/15/14 MA updated 07/18/2014

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #8

Feb 072014


  • 38,000 miles
I was on my way home one evening from work. There was no other vehicles in front of me but several behind me. I had just stopped at a stop light and had just started to speed up and there was a 'big boom/explosion', I had seriously thought it was a gun shot. Then realized it was my sunroof. I pulled over to examine the sunroof and counted my blessings the sun visor covering was closed, otherwise could have been so much more serious. I could tell by the way the glass was pushed upward that nothing had hit it. But it was shattered in many, many pieces. I drove the car to the dealership immediately and left it in their hands. It took over two weeks to get it back (because I was told it was under investigation). I just hope they find out why this is happening in these Kia's and get it resolved before someone gets severely injured or causes injury to someone else because of the fright it can cause and cause a serious accident.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 012013


  • 14,000 miles


The sunroof on my 2013 Kia Optima exploded out wards raining broken glass down on my heard. The car was not struck by any object and no cars were ahead of me on the road. There was a slight creaking noise and then a violent explosion leaving an up turned crater in the glass roof. The car is currently at the dealer and they deny any knowledge of problems with any sunroofs dispute the recall on similar roofs on other Kia and Hyundai models.

- Whittier , CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 242014


  • 8,100 miles
I was driving down the freeway about 7:30am on my way to work, beautiful day probably about 60 degrees at the time. My sunroof literally exploded. It sounded like a gunshot blast. It scared the heck out of me, I am lucky I didn't get into an accident. Nothing hit my car that is why I thought this was really strange. I dropped my car off at the dealer and of course they say they have never seen this before. I went on line and what do I fine" this has happened quit a bit. I am now waiting on Kia's engineers to let me know if Kia is going to take care of the damages. My car isn't even a year old. I am afraid to drive my vehicle now, what if this happens again" I need some help in getting this dangerous issue resolved.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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problem #5

Jan 132014


  • 4,000 miles
Driving along on a main road, but not a highway, at about 45 mph. All of a sudden I heard a massive explosion. My sunroof had exploded. Nothing hit me, it was just random. Thank god it was closed or the glass would have shattered all over me. And now the dealership is saying that it's not covered and was my fault! the car is 4 months old.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 042013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


While traveling in the morning to work while on the interstate, a loud sound like a bomb or explosion occurred in my car, then glass from my sunroof fell down. My sun roof on my 2012 Kia Optima exploded. The minute this happened I looked up because I could hear and feel air from up above. My sunroof was shattered in tiny pieces. The noise by itself was so startling and frightening that it could have caused an accident if I would have reacted to the sound somehow while driving. Once pulled over, it was clear that the glass shattered out and up not downward so it was fairly apparent nothing landed on top of my roof to cause this. I filed a claim with my auto insurance. However, with that being said, I have now researched on the internet this issue and from what I am reading on line this has happened to many other people. I hope you are investigating this before this causes a real tragedy to someone's life! please!

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

problem #3

May 292013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 9,100 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the sun roof glass shattered without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but the dealer was unable to diagnose the problem. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 9,100.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 292013

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving down the street in my 2013 Kia Optima when all of the sudden out of nowhere, my sunroof just shattered!!! when I called Kia, they told me that it was aerodynamically impossible for the sunroof to just shatter and that a rock or a bird had to have hit it. I'm not sure what the aerodynamics has to do with the fact that it just shattered but, whatever. Nothing hit it, it just shattered. It was the craziest, scariest feeling ever. I feel like that they think I'm just making it up so that I can get them to pay for it. That has nothing to do with it! both my girls were in the car with me and luckily my youngest only got a small cut on her leg. They need to find the problem!!

- Duncan, OK, USA

problem #1

Mar 052013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50-55 mph, the sunroof glass exploded. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised her that the results of the inspection were inconclusive. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 12,000.

- Fort Leonard Wood, MO, USA

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