VW Group recalls older A8s flagships in US and some gas-powered Tourans worldwide image

The recall affects some models of the prior generations A8 and S8 limousines because they may lose their sunroofs, while gas tanks of certain Touran MPVs may burst.

Volkswagen Group said it would recall 536 units of 2007-2009 Audi A8 and S8 ex-flagships in United States over a serious issue with their sunroofs which may transform the models into some semi-open-top ones. Because of a faulty assembly process, the adhesive holding the sunroof glass to the frame may lose its properties over time. Therefore, it is a high possibility for the glass to “become airborne while the vehicle is moving and become a road hazard, posing a risk of crash and property damage to other vehicles on the road and also pose a risk of injury to people outside of the vehicle.” The company said the recall was prompted by some complaints made over the past winter. Dealers will apply an extra layer of adhesive between the glass and the sunroof frame.

Volkswagen also issued global safety campaign for around 5,900 Touran EcoFuel MPVs from model years 2006 to 2009, because the outer skin of the gas tanks “may possibly no longer provide the necessary corrosion protection due to damage caused by external influence.” The consequence may be extremely severe, as the front gas bottles may burst. Therefore, the company urges customers with affected vehicles to run the cars with gasoline until they have been refitted. The problem was detected