This could probably be the biggest recall in the history of the company when as many as 600,000 vehicles will be recalled. Audi has recalled two sets of vehicles with two different issues that could prove to be fatal if left unattended.
A total of 342,867 A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 SUVs of the model year 2013-2017, A4 with model years 2013-2016, A6 sedans of years 2012-2015, will be recalled for a fault in their engine. While as many as 234,054 vehicles of Q5 SUVs with model 2011-2017 will be recalled for their fault in airbags.
For the first set, the reason for the recall is the fault in Audi’s 2.0-litre TFSI engine that could lead to a potential fire hazard. It was found that debris can possibly block the coolant pump of the turbocharged engines, which could lead to overheating and ultimately the engine can catch fire.
While the other set has a hazard of an explosion in the airbags. The drainage system of the sunroof collects water to be soaked into the foam surrounding the inflators of the side airbag. The moisture could corrode the airbag inflator and fracture the canister. This would deploy the airbag suddenly and throw away the fragments inside the vehicle, causing injuries.
Audi has announced that the details of the recall will be provided to the dealers by February 13. The owners of the affected cars will receive the notification on February 20. The company will inspect the recalled vehicles for corrosions on the inflators. If found, it will be replaced, else, it will be sealed with wax.
This case of vehicle recall is expected to further tarnish the reputation of the parent company- Volkswagen. The company is yet to overcome from the infamous Dieselgate scandal.