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'Honey, what's that breeze?' The case of the disappearing glass roofs

Some of Ford's Transit Connect vans have a little problem keeping their glass roofs. Bad for you, but worse for the person behind you on the highway.


If you've ever had something fall off a vehicle ahead of you on the highway, you know how tough it is to both avoid the item and keep calm while doing so. Now imagine that item is an entire panoramic glass roof. That's the problem Ford is dealing with right now.

Ford issued a recall covering 887 examples of the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, which is the smaller, passenger-friendly variant of the Transit cargo van. The vehicles were manufactured between October 4, 2013 and July 14, 2014, and they all come equipped with the panoramic fixed-glass roof.

The issue boils down to an improper bond between the glass roof panel and the vehicle itself. In certain cases, the panel may separate from the vehicle. While a little bit of open-air motoring is nice, this is a bridge too far. Ford found this happened to four different vehicles, although there are no reports of injuries as a result.

The fix isn't complicated, but it's still involved. Your local Ford service department will remove the glass roof, clean it, and reinstall it with a proper bonding technique. That should keep the glass in place, as the manufacturer intended. The recall is expected to begin on October 31, and affected owners will be notified by first-class mail.