Audi is recalling certain 2012 Q5 models for sunroof panels that may break in extremely cold temperatures. All told, 13,172 units manufactured between June 21, 2011 and December 9, 2011 are included in the campaign. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the breaking glass could injure the vehicle's occupants, increasing driver distraction and potentially causing an accident. It's unclear whether the defect has caused any injuries or crashes at this point.

NHTSA says Audi will replace the defective sunroof glass free of charge once the recall gets underway early next month. Owners may contact the automaker for more information. Take a look at the full recall notice below.
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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

Summary:
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.

Consequence:
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.

Remedy:
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.

Notes:
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.


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      A P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahhh German engineering at it finest. I am very surprised however that this story made it past the VW censors at AOL.
        RampantFury
        • 3 Years Ago
        @A P
        Im pretty sure Audi doesn't make the glass....
          A P
          • 3 Years Ago
          @RampantFury
          "neither do they test it before choosing the supplier." ROFL....how is "superior" engineering not testing such a safety issue like glass? Now if it was a Korean car that this happened too, the lemmings would be bitching about how poorly made it was. German glass and optics supposedly is "superior" .....just another BS rep about the Germans.
          A P
          • 3 Years Ago
          @RampantFury
          Notice how a negative article on German cars get so few comments but negative ones on Asian or American cars bring out the Boo-Birds.........that is when a negative article gets past the Minister of Propaganda at AOL.
          Deutschlieber
          • 3 Years Ago
          @RampantFury
          @desinerd - It is an issue of defective glass...not one of design or testing. You can test all that you wish prior to use a supplier, but if the supplier later makes a product not up to spec., all that you can do is replace it.
      Spyder 8
      • 3 Years Ago
      AUDI = CHARADE
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      From their own ad - "That's the power... of German Engineering" What do you expect? It's an Audi for christ sake. That's like recalling cigarettes because they might cause lung cancer.
        MJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        It's worth noting that Audi was proactive about this relatively minor issue, whereas Toyota would spend millions to deny its existence.
        A P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Be careful! You will be branded a "troll" for DARING to speak the truth. The truth is just that. German brands simply are not as reliable as most Asian and American brands and never have been. There are exceptions of course with a few Porsche and MB models that so pretty good but the rest are dismal after their warranty period......and super expensive to fix. But to the average lemming leasing something for only 3 years before getting something else they dont see it.
        styxmiko
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        hey NERDO...audi made better cars in the stoneage than the asians are making today...remember that. The asians stole all the technology from the germans and americans and would not have such a thing as car manufacturing without the technologies stolen from the west.BTW they still steal whenever they can
        Deutschlieber
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        It's not an engineering issue. It is an issue of defective glass (that was made by a supplier), Einstein.
      PiCASSO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here are some examples... http://www.carcomplaints.com/Audi/Q5/2012/windows_windshield/sunroof_shattered.shtml
      thesocalway
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I though VAG was perfect. Tisk Tisk.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      RCBR
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was a little worried since my mom's Q5 falls within the affected production range, until I read the recall PDF that stated the front portion of the panoramic sunroof could shatter in weather well-below 0-degree Fahrenheit. This may cause quite a ruckus here in Texas!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      powertour
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting - some of the Jetta Sportwagen guys had this same problem last winter, yet the dealers said it was owner error.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @powertour
        Owner error? Short of trying to smash your sunroof how does one break a sunroof due to owner error if they're operating it properly. What a silly excuse from VW.
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