Under most normal conditions, staring up through the Audi Q5’s panoramic sunroof is encouraged. That’s a main reason for having one. But if you happen to be an Audi Q5 owner and you like to drive in Siberia or northern Montana in the middle of winter, you’ll probably want to avoid looking up.
Audi is recalling 13,000 of its Q5 crossovers because the panoramic sunroof can crack and shatter in the extreme cold; lab tests on the panels at temperatures below negative 40 degrees showed the glass on some units can separate, leading to potential shattering.
“If the glass were to break with the vehicle in motion, the glass could injure passengers and cause a potentially hazardous distraction for the driver.”
You don’t say, Audi.
Now the recall that affects the opposite end of your body. Toyota’s had this safety recall in place since 2009, but extended it last week to include 131,800 2010 Lexus RX350s and 22,200 2010 Lexus RX450Hs.
3.8 million Toyotas were recalled three years ago because of loose floor mats that could accidentally force down an accelerator and cause unintentional speeding.
Toyota’s official name for the problem is “floor mat entrapment.