Audi Recalling 1.2 Million Vehicles Due to Fire Risk

German automaker making second attempt to solve problem.

by on Apr.24, 2018

The Audi Q5 from 2013-17 is part of a recall of 1.2 million vehicle globally due to a potential fire hazard.

Audi is recalling about 1.2 million vehicles around the world due to a potential fire hazard, and about 343,000 of those cars and SUVs are in the United States.

The German automaker is recalling the 2013–16 A4, the 2013–17 A5, the 2012–15 A6, and the Q5 SUV from 2013–17, all with 2.0-liter turbocharged engines.

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According to federal safety filings, the electric coolant pumps can overheat and possibly cause a fire. The pumps can become blocked with cooling system debris, or moisture in the pump can cause an electrical short. No reports of fires are listed.

Dealers will replace the pumps at no cost to owners. The new component new part that apparently incorporates a “pressure compensation element” that keeps moisture out.

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However, the new pumps will not be ready until November. In the interim, dealers will install a new version of the current pump until then.

Audi recalled these same vehicles last year; however, the dealers only updated software at that point. But the company says in documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that did not resolve the problem as pump problems continued.

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Audi will send out recall letters on or before June 11, but owners can  Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 with questions before the notifications arrive.

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