Plaintiffs Drop Complaints Against Ford For Sunroofs

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit brought against Ford Motor Co. for defective panoramic sunroofs have withdrawn their allegations.

Plaintiffs Doug and Kathy Krebsbach and James and Martha Alexander voluntarily dropped all claims against Ford in documents filed September 30 in U.S. District Court Eastern District of California.

Earlier in September, the plaintiffs alleged large glass panoramic sunroofs on some of the automaker’s vehicles have shattered spontaneously. The complaint alleges “at least 70 owners of vehicles with defective sunroofs … have reported to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) at that at least 80 panoramic sunroofs have shattered.”

Days later, Ford issued a safety recall for approximately 900 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles to reinstall panoramic roofs, according to the automaker.

Attorneys at law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, which filed the complaint on behalf of plaintiffs, confirmed its dismissal in a statement: “The California plaintiff [Krebsbach] has dismissed his case and other plaintiffs are considering filing a new complaint. No decision has been made as of now.”

Douglas Krebsbach, of Folsom, Calif., said in a phone interview Wednesday that he no longer owns the vehicle described in his complaint, and informed his attorneys. As a result, he said, his charges against Ford were dismissed.

“I didn’t actually drop it,” he said of the case. “My understanding is that you have to own the car” to pursue the case.

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