Audi is recalling nearly a quarter million vehicles due to a sunroof drainage defect, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is recalling 234,054 2011-2017 Audi Q5 vehicles.
“The sunroof drainage system may allow water to soak into the foam surrounding the side head air bag inflator canister resulting in the corrosion of the canister,” according to the report. “This corrosion can weaken the canister and, during deployment of the side head air bag, the inflator may fracture and propel fragments into the passenger compartment.”
The recall is expected to begin in February. Audi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the inflator and either coat it or replace it, as necessary, after removing the surrounding foam, free of charge.
Read the NHTSA report here.
The recall is the second issued by Audi this month. In a separate incident, the car manufacturer announced it would recall 342,867 2013-2017 Audi A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 vehicles, 2013-2016 Audi Allroad and Audi A4 vehicles and 2012-2015 Audi A6 vehicles with 2.0l Turbo FSI engines.
“These have an electric coolant pump that can be blocked with debris from the cooling system, resulting in the pump overheating,” according to the NHTSA report.
This recall is also expected to begin in February.