2012 Volkswagen Audis Recalled for Sunroof Glass Defect
July 3, 2012

by Katie O'Mara, komara@glass.com

More than 13,000 Volkswagen Audi Q5’s are being recalled for a defect in the sunroof glass, causing the sunroof to be susceptible to breakage in extremely cold weather. The affected 2012 vehicles were manufactured between June 21, 2011 and December 9, 2011.

“Due to a production process issue at the sunroof glass supplier, some vehicles may have been manufactured with a front sunroof glass panel that is susceptible to breakage in very cold weather/temperature conditions. If the front sunroof glass panel were to break while the vehicle is in motion, it could cause driver distraction. Additionally, broken glass inside the vehicle poses a risk of injury to vehicle occupants,” read documents released by Volkswagen to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Volkswagen received feedback from dealers about a small number of vehicles with broken front sunroof glass panels. The company analyzed the broken parts in March of 2012 and discovered that extremely cold temperatures could, “increase the tensile stress between the front sunroof glass panel and the sunroof glass frame, causing the glass to break.”

The company conducted testing with cold temperatures (down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit), and a small number of Audis experienced breakage.

Volkswagen will be notifying owners and dealers will replace the front sunroof glass panel for no cost. The official recall will begin in early August.

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