The S6 and S7 (apparently prone to potential fuel leaks) aren't the only Audis being recalled currently, as a separate recall notice has been issued for its flagship A8 luxury sedan and its high-performance counterpart, the S8.

The problem apparently revolves around the glass sunroof, which is fitted as standard and which is reportedly prone to break. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that not only could the falling shards themselves end up injuring the vehicle's occupants, but could also distract the driver enough to cause a crash. As a result, Audi's American wing is bringing in all 2013 and 2014 model year A8s and S8s – 1,120 units in all – to have their glass sunroofs replaced free of charge.
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RECALL Subject : Sunroof may Shatter

Report Receipt Date: SEP 23, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V448000
Component(s): VISIBILITY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,120
Manufacturer: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Audi A8 and S8 vehicles equipped with a standard sunroof, manufactured March 12, 2013, through July 15, 2013. These vehicles are equipped with a standard sunroof glass panel that may shatter.

CONSEQUENCE:
Should the sunroof's glass break while the vehicle is in use, the falling glass could 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 sunroof glass panel, free of charge. The recall began on October 21, 2013. Owners may contact Audi of America at 1-800-822-2834. Volkwagen's number for this campaign is 60B6/1L.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Aussie Aspie
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Autoblog removed vehicle recalls from its main page, and place them all on a special page for them and them alone, even the slowest reader amongst us could get the gist of every 'real' news item before any boss ever noticed! C'mon guys ... keep the news for news, and stop wasting our time -- precious time many of us are wasting at work -- with this endless procession of vehicle recalls! Do we really need to know every time a car leaves the factory with an eighth-inch lower level of acid in the battery than it should, or that some manufacturer forgot to monogram the floor mat in the passenger foot-well??? If the defect could 'realistically' cost lives, then by all means leave it where it is. But if it only pertains to comfort, lifestyle or appearance, can't you stick it somewhere else? ... I can give suggestions!
      jz78817
      • 1 Year Ago
      nota bene- moonroofs are made from tempered glass, not plate glass. Tempered glass breaks into small "pebbles," the greatest risk is if any get into your eyes. Plate glass is the one which breaks into dagger-like shards. tempered glass is under an enormous amount of internal stress, and a latent flaw or unexpected loading in the vehicle can cause it to shatter spontaneously. I've even seen the glass on the front of ovens (also tempered glass) just "pop" into a million bits out of the blue.
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know if all the Hyundai haters are going to be able to handle this.
      Zack
      • 1 Year Ago
      How come the suppliers of the sunroof or whatever else that is failing never get mentioned? I am not saying that Audi shouldn't made sure the sunroof work, just that the maker of the sun roof never takes blame, it is always the manufacturer who may just bought the part and is now looking bad for someone else's mistake.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zack
        Manufacturer never just buys the part. Mfr specifies the part, supplier delivers it. Often the supplier is lockstep into design with the mfr, but the mfr is ultimately responsible for the part…if he didn't inspect it or design it, he should have qualified the supplier and at least inspected the part(s) by sampling. As I see it, it looks more like Audi got a bad lot of sunroofs or inadequately specified the design or allowed a defective design into production with insufficient testing.
          Zack
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          I agree with you that that is how it should happen. But the reality is after being a release engineer for one of the auto makers is that there are plenty of products when the automaker goes to the supplier and says "design and make me ... that is capable of doing everything I want". Well the automaker has to correctly know what it wants, the supplier has to design the sunroof and make the sun roof. Typically for inspection (sampling or every part or whatnot) is done at the suppliers, the first couple hundred parts may be watched by engineers from the OEM, but after that is. All I am saying is that the suppliers are involved it the issue, why are they not even mentioned?
      Doss
      • 1 Year Ago
      While they're at it, fix that dang rotary sunroof switch. That thing never properly worked in my car (from a decade ago). I was in a new one recently and it still had that same faulty switch design.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've had several Audis and driven many more…none of the rotary sunroof switches ever broke.