Following GM airbag deployment failure lawsuit litigation, Audi has issued a worldwide recall of millions of vehicles after determining the electric coolant pumps can overheat possibly resulting in fire. About 391,000 of the vehicles are in Canada and the United States.
According to the Washington Post, documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that debris in the cooling system could block the pumps and moisture can cause an electrical short. A spokesperson for the Volkswagen luxury brand confirmed that they had received reports of vehicle fires but did not clarify how severe the fires were.
Models Involved in Recall
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The recall involves cars and SUVs with 3-liter turbocharged engines:
- 2013 to 2016 A4
- 2013 to 2017 A5
- 2012 to 2015 A6
- 2013 to 2017 Q5 SUV
Audi says that owners of affected vehicles can have the pump replaced at their dealers for free, however the replacement parts will not be available until November 2018. Until the new version of the pump is available, dealerships will install a new current version pump.
Audi is issuing recall notices to any owners that may be affected by the recall on or before June 11.
Same Vehicles Previously Recalled
In 2017, Audi issued a recall for the same cars and SUVs. Owners were instructed to take their vehicles to their dealers for a software update. However, the pump issues continued after the update.
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