US safety regulators have started an investigation into around 64, 117 Kia Sorento vehicles after receiving 15 consumer complaints that the optional glass sunroof had shattered.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun a preliminary probe of the SUVs from model years 2001 to 2013 after receiving the complaints, 13 of which occurred while the vehicle was in motion, according to documents filed online.
The NHTSA said it also had received an “early warning” field report data on the issue from Kia itself. In one occurrence, the driver suffered minor cuts from the broken glass, according to the agency.
“To date, the identified cause of investigated sunroof breakage has been debris impact or hail,” the South Korean automaker said in a statement. “Kia Motors will continue to research this issue and share the results of its research information with NHTSA.”
Kia said it had been also evaluating the performance of its panoramic sunroofs as part of a standard practice for all models. A preliminary investigation is the first step in a process that may lead to a recall, if the safety regulators conclude that a carmaker needs to address a safety defect.