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VW Recalls 576,921 Audi Vehicles; Potentially Faulty Inflators & Coolant-Pumps Pose Fire Risk

VW Recalls 576,921 Audi Vehicles; Potentially Faulty Inflators & Coolant-Pumps Pose Fire Risk

VW Recalls 576,921 Audi Vehicles Due to Potential Fire Risk

As Volkswagen works to resolve their massive 2016 diesel emissions cheating scandal, recalls continue to plague the company’s reputation.  At the end of January, Volkswagen announced 342,867 potentially faulty coolant-pumps may go up in flames and 234,054 airbag inflators can rupture, posing a fatality hazard. The faulty airbag inflators are not connected to the massive Takata recall that touched almost every major automaker around the globe, including VW and Audi, but the results can be similar. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.

Volkswagen reported several international incidents where the airbag inflators in their line of Audi Q5 SUVs, assembled from May 2010 to August 2016, can rupture “without airbag deployment, propelling fragments into the passenger compartment.” The inflators were made by iSi Automotive Austria and according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the fragments can cause “serious injury to vehicle occupants.” Documents state that the Q5 SUVs water drainage system can become damaged, leading to water penetrating the airbag inflators and causing corrosion.

Audi Models Affected by Recall

The possibly defective coolant pumps in question, found in Audi A4 sedans, A5 cabriolets, A5 coupes, A6 sedans, Q5 SUVs, and A4 Allroad wagons, were assembled between April 2011 and December 2016. Volkswagen told the NHTSA that all of the affected models “were equipped with a 2.0L TFSI engine” and that the coolant pump can be “locked by debris.” The debris can then build up to the point of overheating the pump, causing a fire risk. VW said Audi dealers will install new software that can detect overheating in the pump free of charge. The software will immediately shut down the power supply to prevent a fire. The driver will then be instructed to take their vehicle in for service.

The two recalls come on the heels of VW’s $4.3 billion settlement with U.S. authorities for violations of the Clean Air Act. The Justice Department also announced the indictment of six current and former executives. Insiders estimate the emissions cheating scandal could end up costing the company more than $20 billion in addition to the massive damage done to their brand. Earlier in January VW also recalled more than 130,000 vehicles because of a potentially faulty braking system.

What to Do if Your Audi Has Been Recalled

Volkswagen said owners of a recently recalled Audi vehicle will be contacted in February. In a statement the German automaker said that they will either replace the damaged inflator or seal them in wax to prevent a hazardous rupture based on the condition. Authorities are advising owners of an affected model to bring their Audi to a dealership immediately to determine if their vehicle is safe to drive.

To see if your vehicle has been recalled see: http://consumerwatch.com/vehicle-recall-checker-by-vin-check-vehicle-recalls/

To contact Audi call: (800) 253-2834

Takata Update: 62,307 ‘Alpha’ Inflators Still on the Road

Takata Update: 62,307 ‘Alpha’ Inflators Still on the Road

The Senate Committee on Commerce held a congressional hearing last month to understand the latest details of the Takata recall, which is the largest in auto industry history. Takata’s potentially fatal airbag inflators affect more than 37 million vehicles and 19 automakers. One of the major findings of the hearing is that there are currently […]

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Takata Whistleblowers Awarded $1.7 Million

Takata Whistleblowers Awarded $1.7 Million

Three whistleblowers will split $1.7 million for warning the government about Takata’s dangerous violations of federal safety laws and for providing a substantial amount of information that helped the government make its case against the corporation, according to Insurance Journal. The three men used to work for Takata, the maker of tens of millions of […]

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150,000 Takata Airbags Still on Open Recall List in Central Florida

150,000 Takata Airbags Still on Open Recall List in Central Florida

You might be one of about 150,000 people with dangerous airbags that could explode at any time you live in one of these Orlando ZIP codes: 32765 32708 32825 32828 32712 Heat and humidity make the already defective airbags more prone to blowing up and impaling drivers and passengers with jagged pieces of metal. Florida’s […]

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Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

As of March 2018, millions of defective Takata airbags are still awaiting replacement, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). How Many Takata Airbags Are Under the Recall Order? The NHTSA says that the airbags are in millions of vehicles made by 19 different vehicle manufacturers. According to the NHTSA at a recent […]

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Honda Says 60,000 Vehicles Still Have Defective Takata Airbags

Honda Says 60,000 Vehicles Still Have Defective Takata Airbags

Honda is warning Americans that 62,000 of its vehicles are “ticking time bombs.” In an exclusive article in the Washington Post, Honda says these vehicles, typically older Hondas dating back to 2001, have defective Takata brand airbags. Honda claims to be ready and willing to repair these vehicles, but says it is having a hard […]

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Takata Whistleblower Says Air Bag Warning Was ‘Ethical Duty’

Takata Whistleblower Says Air Bag Warning Was ‘Ethical Duty’

A former engineer at Takata, the maker of about 50 million recalled airbag systems, says he tried multiple times in the late 1990s to talk Takata out of using the chemical propellant that proved to be dangerous. When Takata would not listen to him, Mark Lillie retired from the company. After hearing of deaths and […]

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NHTSA Requests Meetings with Automakers About Takata Recall

NHTSA Requests Meetings with Automakers About Takata Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wrote letters to 12 automakers who did not meet a deadline for replacing the cars and trucks with the most dangerous airbags. The NHTSA wants to meet with the automakers because millions of vehicles expected to be fixed by December 2017 still have the defective Takata airbags. The […]

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