Bad luck seems to be continuing for Volkswagen, with Audi recalling around 600,000 vehicles, on account of risks of fire and Airbag ruptures.
Audi has issued orders for recalling 576,000 of its vehicles for these two reasons. Volkswagen is still reeling from the earlier Dieselgate scandal and the bad streak continues for the company.
First 342,867 Vehicles Recalled
Audi has first recalled 342,867 of its vehicles that were sold in the US. The recalled vehicles include the A4 from 2013 up to 2016, A5 Cabriolet from 2013 to 2017. In addition, Audi A5 Coupe from 2013 to 2017 models as well as the A6 sedan from 2012 to 2015 has also been recalled. The Q5 SUV bearing model years from 2013 to 2017 along with the A4 Allroad Wagons between 2013 and 2016 also come under this list of recalled vehicles.
Cause for Recall
These vehicles have been recalled due to the possibility of a fire danger in the engines of the abovementioned cars. It has been found that debris could have blocked its coolant pumps. This could lead to an overheating and possibly to fire in its engines.
Another recall pertains to 234,054 vehicles and this recall is concerned with only one type of vehicle, the Audi Q5 SUV, from 2011 to 2017. The reason for recalling these vehicles is the airbag rupture risk. It is possible that water could have collected from its drainage system from the sunroof. This could result in soaking the foam around the inflator present in the side airbags. This in turn could lead to the inflators exploding, which would result in spewing fragments of metal into the car.
Audi Fixing the Issue
Audi is planning to fixe the first problem of fire concerns by offering software updates. The update will result in cutting off power supply to the coolant pumps when there is overheating. The indicator light will also offer notifications and users can view them on the instrument panels on their cars.
In case of its second recall, Audi is planning to disassemble the drainage system present in the sunroof and inspect it as well as the airbag canister. If there is any corrosion detected in the inflators, they will be replaced or dealt with by using sealing wax.
Misfortune has started dogging Volkswagen, with the Dieselgate scandal to begin with. In this case, the vehicles seemed to have devices fitted in them that lowered carbon dioxide emissions in the testing condition. The scandal also led to the arrest of a high level executive of Volkswagen last month. The manner in which Volkswagen handles the problem will have a great impact on future customers.
The recalls of the Audi vehicles mentioned above would be done for free and Audi will offer notification to the owners of the said cars. Audi has stated that it was aware of the heating risk in the year 2015 and had started investigations that were concluded in December of 2016.