Volkswagen Group of America will be recalling 13,172 units of Audi 2012 Q5 due to certain reports of glass shattering in extreme weather conditions. The company has informed buyers that all 13,172 units manufactured between June 21, 2011 and December 9, 2011 should be brought in for sun roof assembly replacements.
Some vehicles may be fitted with a front sunroof glass panel which may be susceptible to shattering in extreme cost conditions. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shattering of this glass poses a potential danger to occupants while also leading to driver’s distraction while driving thereby leading to accidents.
Though there are no reports of any such instances of sunglass shattering till date, the company is taking advance precautions to prevent such calamities. All defective sunroof glasses will be replaced free of charge and Volkswagen will be informing customers to bring their vehicles in while dealers will be informed to replace defective glass of sun roof free of charge. All such recalls will be effected by 7th August 2012.
Auto News Release
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
AUDI / Q5 2012
Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 27, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V299000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13,172
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 AUDI Q5 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 21, 2011, THROUGH DECEMBER 9, 2011. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A FRONT SUNROOF GLASS PANEL THAT IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO BREAKAGE IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER/TEMPERATURE CONDITIONS.
SHOULD THE SUNROOF’S GLASS BREAK WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN USE, THE FALLING GLASS COULD CUT AND INJURE THE DRIVER OR PASSENGERS. IT COULD ALSO DISTRACT THE DRIVER, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUNROOF GLASS PANEL, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 7, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
VOLKSWAGEN’S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 60B2/L3. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.