Audi E-Tron Recalled Over Potential Fire Risk

Audi of America recently bragged they delivered 856 e-trons during the model’s first full month of sales. Now the company is eating crow as they’re recalling approximately 1,644 units over a potential fire risk.

According to the automaker, they’ve discovered a potentially faulty seal that could allow moisture to enter the battery compartment. If this occurs, Audi says there could be a short circuit or, in extreme cases, a “thermal event.”

The company says no incidents have been reported but, out of an abundance of caution, they’re conducting a voluntary recall. The recall impacts 1,644 e-trons including approximately 540 units that have already been delivered to customers. Unfortunately, there’s not much owners can do as Audi says a repair isn’t expected to be available until August.

In a statement, Audi said “Customers are being contacted directly to inform them of the recall and our dealer network is fully engaged to deliver the best customer-service possible.” The automaker went on to say “We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers and reservation holders as we work with all parties toward a positive outcome in the weeks ahead. Audi e-tron vehicles unaffected by the recall remain available for delivery and our reservation system remains open to receive customer reservations.”

The recall comes at a bad time as Audi has a lot riding on electric vehicles. It also doesn’t help that the recall comes shortly after a series of Tesla Model S fires which could have some questioning the safety of EVs. However, as Autoblog pointed out, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said they expect fire rates for EVs to be comparable, if not slightly lower, to their petrol- and diesel-powered counterparts.

 

  • YEAH, TESLA SHOULD BE VERY AFRAID.

    • Matt

      C’mon, everyone has recalls. Suddenly because Audi’s new EV has one it’s the end of German EV manufacturing… some of the Tesla fanboy comments on other forums are ridiculous.

      It’s literally a faulty rubber gasket from an outside supplier. Hardly a condemnation of VAG’s technical know-how…

      • Six_Tymes

        so, you are saying its ok that VAG does not test properly or inspect parts from outside suppliers before they use in production vehicles? that is laughable, always someone else’s fault, you should be working for VAG, you fit the company profile.

        • Matt

          Um no I’m not saying they don’t test properly. But you can’t test every single component that goes into each individual car on the production line, that would be millions of parts a day to check. Also, how do you inspect a part (in this case) that is merely a small component of another part, thousands of times a day? That’s like saying BMW should strip down every ZF gearbox that gets delivered to their factories to check that all the gears have been machined properly. It’s not feasible. Instead you put the financial burden of any recall on the suppliers to force them to maintain the agreed standard while also doing systematic testing and tear-downs, which Audi did and discovered this issue. If a supplier builds a faulty part it IS their fault – it’s not Audi’s fault.

          Thankfully the issue was found BEFORE it caused any issues to owners and will be rectified.

        • Daniela Wolf

          Blames Audi instead of burning alive like other Tesla fanboys. 😛

        • 63A510

          Yeah, but Audi found the problem before there were any incidents, can’t say the same for Tesla.

    • Six_Tymes

      which brand can produce better flames? lol

  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    I hate this world…

  • Aeromann

    Tesla syndrome?

  • Paulbe

    A thermal event.

    Sounds metal.

  • Bart

    Saw one in person. It’s hot!

    • Kyle Blank

      I saw one here in Houston. Thought it was a Q5 at first. It think the best part is that is looks like a normal car.

    • Six_Tymes

      flaming

  • Daniela Wolf

    Brand recalls 2,5% of their delivered cars -> Tesla fanboys laugh.
    Tesla fanboy dies in flames -> blames petrol heads

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