Audi recalling 1.2 million cars and SUVs for fire risk

Isaac Cain
April 26, 2018

It's not been the best of times for the Volkswagen Group in recent months.

Audi, a German luxury automaker, is recalling more than a million of its vehicles due to faulty in the electric coolant pumps, which have the potential to overheat and start a sudden fire. The issue means that the pump could overheat or short-circuit from moisture which can pose a fire risk.

According to Audi, the recall covers Audi A5 Cabriolet, A5 Sedan and Audi Q5 vehicles built between 2013 and 2017; 2012-2015 Audi A6s; and Audi A4 Sedan and A4 Allroad vehicles produced between 2013 and 2016 and equipped with 2.0-liter Turbo FSI engines. The Volkswagen luxury brand says in USA government documents that the pumps can become blocked with cooling system debris, or moisture in the pump can cause an electrical short.

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A spokesman for Audi in Germany, Udo Ruegheimer, said the recall covered 1.16 million vehicles worldwide. The pumps will first be replaced with new ones, then replaced again with an all-new design when it becomes available later in the year. The company said it did not have a breakdown by country of the remaining affected vehicles.

To see if the vehicle you drive is affected, or to search any open recalls, enter the car's VIN number on the NHTSA recall website. Audi recalled the same vehicles previous year and dealers did a software update.

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