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Audi Vehicles Recalled for Fire and Airbag-Rupture Risks

Autoweek reports on a recall that will affect a total of 576,921 Audi vehicles sold in the U.S. The recall was issued due to concerns that a coolant-pump could accumulate blockage and this could lead to overheating and smoldering in the engine compartment. This poses a fire risk to consumers.

Another recall was issued for another line of Audi vehicles due to risk of airbag ruptures. This recall will affect a total of 234,054 Audi vehicles.  Both recalls were announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Details on the Recall of Audis

The following are models with their production dates that are affected by the fire risk recall:

  • 2013-16 Audi A4 sedans (Feb. 20, 2012 – Dec. 8, 2015)
  • 2013-17 Audi A5 cabriolets (Mar. 9, 2012 – Dec. 16 2016)
  • 2013-17 Audi A5 coupes (Mar. 8, 2012 – Nov. 19, 2016)
  • Audi A6 sedans (Apr. 4, 2011 – Dec. 22, 2014)
  • Audi Q5 SUVs ( Jul. 4, 2013 – Dec. 20, 2016)
  • Audi A4 Allroad wagons (Mar 12, 2012 – Apr. 1, 2016)

The NHTSA has received reports of localized overheating and smoldering in the engine compartment as a result of coolant pump blockage.

The models affected by the airbag rupture recall are Audi Q5 SUVs produced between May 28, 2010 and Aug. 13, 2016.

The NHTSA has received reports of unexpected airbag deployments in these Audis.

Actions to be Taken by Consumers

  • There is a planned fix for the Audis with the fire risk issue. A software update that will cut the power supply to the coolant pump during overheating will be installed.
  • The owner will be informed of the issue via an indicator light.
  • The recall of the Audis affected by the airbag issue will include inspection of the water drainage system for the sunroof and inspection of side curtain airbag canisters.
  • The airbag inflator will be replaced or sealed with wax depending on the presence of water.


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