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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 Airbag Update: BMW Recalls 230,000 Additional Vehicles

Takata Airbag Update: BMW Recalls 230,000 Additional Vehicles

Takata Update: BMW Recalls 230,000 Additional Vehicles Last week, BMW announced the recall of an additional 230,000 vehicles over concerns that they may have defective Takata inflators. The German automaker told U.S. authorities that they recently discovered that some of Takata’s faulty inflators had been used as a replacement part in certain older vehicles after […]

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Takata Agrees to Plead Guilty & Pay $1 Billion as Massive Recall Expands

Takata Agrees to Plead Guilty & Pay $1 Billion as Massive Recall Expands

Takata to Pay $1 Billion as Massive Recall Continues to Expand The largest automotive recall in U.S. history continues to grow as regulators say more than 20 million dangerous Takata airbag inflators remain on American roads.  It is now estimated that 42 million vehicles, equipped with around 70 million defective Takata inflators, will be recalled […]

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Mercedes Recalls 47,799 Vehicles; SUV Airbags Could Fail in Crash

Mercedes Recalls 47,799 Vehicles; SUV Airbags Could Fail in Crash

Mercedes Recalls 47,799; SUV Airbags Could Fail in Crash A glitch in the Mercedes-Benz Occupant Classification System (OCS) software found in 47,799 of their SUVs, has led the German luxury automaker to announce their first recall of 2017 in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to U.S. authorities, faulty sensors in the […]

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Subaru announces recall on 2002-2004 Impreza models

Subaru announces recall on 2002-2004 Impreza models

Subaru of America, Inc. is recalling nearly 6,000 models of the company’s 2002 through 2004 Impreza WRX vehicle due to problems with the fuel system and other various potentially defective parts. There have been reported of leaking fuel lines during cold starts of the vehicles, which can lead to fire if the car and leak are exposed to any incendiary devices.

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