Audi has issued a recall through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for certain model-year 2013 to 2014 Audi A8 and S8 vehicles due to possible sunroof shattering. The defect was traced back to the production of the glass.
“During tests conducted in serial production at the sunroof supplier on May 17, 2013, two production runs were identified as not being to specification,” explains Christopher Sandvig, general manager of compliance/TREAD for Audi in a letter to NHTSA. “The supplier has implemented a production process change to slow the cooling process of the glass which resulted in poor glass tension quality. These production runs occurred in March 2013 and May 2013.
“Due to a production process issue at the sunroof glass supplier, some vehicles may have been manufactured with a standard sunroof that is susceptible to breakage if a door on the vehicle is slammed shut or if the vehicle experiences a sudden jolt, such as when hitting a large bump or pothole in the road,” Sandvig adds. “If the glass panel were to break when the vehicle is in motion, it could cause driver distraction. Additionally, broken glass inside the vehicle poses a risk of injury to vehicle occupants.”
Audi officials had not identified the glass supplier at press time.
Approximately 1,120 vehicles are affected by the recall in the U.S.
Audi officials say they are not aware of any claim of accident or injury caused by the defect.