I purchased a 2012 Passat for my son last summer. He just slid into a snow drift (we live in Minnesota) and the front grille shattered. Today, I removed the front bumper cover to replace the grill and was shocked to see that there wasn’t a bumper reinforcement or a bumper absorber. There is no protection whatsoever between a plastic bumper cover and the radiator. This is my first VW purchase. Please tell me that the car isn’t manufactured without a bumper reinforcement or absorber. A concerned father.