That’s something you don’t hear very often: Audi is doing a recall. Yes, Audi is recalling certain 2012 Q5′s because of concerns that the sunroof glass panels could break in extreme temperature conditions. A notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin (NHTSA) agency in the US suggests the number of potentially affected vehicles is 13 172. The build dates run from June 21, 2011 through to December 9, 2011.
Audi claim this is due to a production process issue at the sunroof glass supplier. Parent company Volkswagen began to investigate the problem after a number of vehicles with broken front glass sunroof panels were reported over the winter months in the US. The automaker conducted testing and can confirmed glass breakage in extreme temperatures below freezing. Audi South Africa say no Q5′s need to be recalled here in South Africa.
At the same time, just when we thought the unintended acceleration problems of 2010 had disappeared for Toyota and Lexus, it’s been announced that 154 000, 2010 model year, Lexus RX350 and RX450h SUV’s will be recalled in the United States.
Toyota’s latest recall suggests that this serious safety problem is not yet fixed. There have been dozens of lawsuits filed against Toyota because of the sudden acceleration defect, some of which involve crashes in which someone was injured or killed. South African models are unaffected and Toyota South Africa will not be undertaking a recall for this floor mat issue.