Last year, Audi recalled more than a million vehicles because of a faulty electric coolant pump. Debris from the cooling system can allegedly block the pump, which may then erupt into a fire. Volkswagen, who owns Audi, believed that a software update could fix the problem. But fires continued happening even with the new software, which has prompted a second recall of 1.2 million vehicles. This time Audi will be replacing the pump with a newer version, but they are working on a redesigned pump that will not be available until November.
Audi told U.S. authorities that they are going to replace the current pumps with new ones and will then call the 1.2 million vehicles back in to install the newly redesigned pumps in the fall. This will result in the owners of A4 vehicles from 2013 – 2016, A5 vehicles from 2013 – 2017, A6 vehicles from 2012 – 2015, and Q5 SUVs from 2013 – 2017, to bring their Audis in to their dealer at least three times to address the potentially hazardous electric coolant pumps. All of the recalled vehicles in question have a 2-liter turbocharged engine.
Audi told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that several fires have been reported, but they did not comment on the severity or if there have been any injuries connected to the recalled vehicles. Of the 1.2 million recalled Audis, 342,867 are being recalled in the United States and an additional 50,000 have been recalled in Canada. The remainder of the vehicles were sold internationally. It was also announced that Audi has recalled another 60,000 cars because of defective software controlling the exhaust-gas cleaning system in A6 and A7 models that have a V6 diesel engine. It is not yet clear if the software update will address the problem.
Owners of a recalled Audi vehicle will be contacted by June 11th to schedule their free repairs and will then be called back in five months later for a second pump replacement. If you are not the initial buyer of the vehicle, Audi may not have access to your information. To see if your car had been affected by the recall please visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls with your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).