The Associated Press has reported that Audi has issued a global recall of about 1.2 million cars and SUVS due to coolant pumps with the potential to overheat and cause a fire.
The recall, which was announced yesterday, includes the 2013-2016 A4, the 2013-2017 A5, the 2012-2015 A6, and the 2013-2017 Q5 SUV. All recalled vehicles are fitted with 2-liter turbocharged engines. Audi, a Volkswagen luxury brand, states in documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the overheating takes place if one of two possible events occurs;
- The pumps become blocked with debris from the cooling system; or
- Moisture in the pump causes an electrical short.
An Audi spokesperson stated that there have been fires reported but had no further details.
Audi dealers will be replacing the pumps at no cost to owners. Audi’s spokesperson reported that while the redesigned pumps won’t be ready until November, dealers will be installing a new version of the current pump until the redesigns are ready.
Audi recalled the same set of vehicles last year and dealers had to perform free software updates for owners. The automaker will send out recall letters to vehicle owners by June 11, 2018.
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