Audi e-tron recalled for major issue

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Jun 2019

Audi’s all-electric e-tron SUV has only just launched and it’s already being summoned back to headquarters over a potential fire risk.

The problem lies in a “potentially faulty seal” that could let moisture into the battery compartment. Best case, a warning light comes on and the owner takes it to get repaired. Worst case, the moisture causes a short circuit, which could start a fire. And we’ve all seen how well Teslas burn, so best to get these things sorted.

Audi is reaching out to around 540 e-tron owners and is hunting down another 1644 vehicles that haven’t yet been sold. The manufacturer reckons a repair will be available in August 2019.

Owners are advised to, if they choose to keep driving the vehicle and a warning light comes on, park it in an open space so Audi can retrieve it and take it to a dealership. Alternatively, Audi is offering the use of a loaner car as well as a gift card to cover petrol costs.

While this is undoubtedly bad for Audi’s fledgeling EV and good for those who like to knock EVs for fire risks, it pays to mention that in April, BMW added nearly 185,000 vehicles to an existing fire-risk recall, or around 925,000 vehicles in total. Ford and GM have also issued similar recalls, to the tune of 874,000 and 324,226 vehicles respectively.

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