Audi issues recall for E-Tron over potential fire risk - Autoblog
12 June, 2019, 10:38
The total number of affected cars includes 544 e-tron SUVs that have been delivered to customers.
Audi is in talks with German authorities about a recall of its e-tron EV in Europe after voluntarily recalling the SUV in the USA due to a potential risk of a battery fire.
"Audi of America takes the safety of its customers and the quality of our vehicles very seriously", the representative said. An Audi representative said the recall is due to a potential problem with a seal that could allow water into the battery compartment, which could result in a short-circuit or a fire. No incidents have been reported globally yet, but Audi is taking precautions to make sure that the problem is fixed.
The company issued a voluntary recall of approximately 540 E-Tron SUVs because of a risk that moisture can seep into the battery cell through a wiring harness glitch, spokesman Mark Dahncke said. A fix for the leak is expected to arrive in August. If the electrical regenerative braking system fails, drivers could experience an increased delay in deceleration after pressing on the brakes, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If an e-tron is not available, Audi will provide a vehicle with an internal-combustion engine and an $800 cash card for higher fuel costs and other expenses incurred.
In fact Audi recalled 75,000 petrol engined cars just last month due to a potential fuel injection fault that could pose a fire risk and it is far from alone, with Ford, Hyundai and Toyota all issuing recalls for more than a million vehicles each due to fire risk in the past few years. Each has so far failed to sell as well in the U.S. as competing vehicles from Tesla, according to estimates from the electric-vehicle website InsideEVs.