We rely on our vehicles to help get us from place to place safely. Unfortunately, sometimes parts in our vehicles do not work as they should, which can contribute to accidents or injuries. When something such as this is discovered, automakers often issue a recall to inform the public about the hazard as well as to provide information as to how this hazard can be reduced. The automaker, Audi, has recently issued a recall for about 1.2 million of their vehicles after discovering a problem with one of the vehicles’ parts.
The Audi recall comes after the discovery that the electric coolant pumps that are used in the vehicles can overheat. When these pumps overheat, it has the potential to cause a fire. The pumps can overheat if they become blocked with cooling system debris or moisture. If the pump is blocked, it is possible for there to be an electrical shortage, which can in turn result in a fire. There have not been any reports of fires related to the electric coolant pumps that have been reported.
Here is a list of the vehicles included in the Audi recall:
- Model year 2013 to 2016 A4
- Model year 2013 to 2017 A5
- Model year 2012 to 2015 A6
- Model year 2013 to 2017 Q5 SUV
All of the vehicles included in the recall have a turbocharged engine. These same vehicles were recalled last year for the same problem with the coolant pumps. The company did a software update on the pumps, but in documents published by the NHTSA show that the problem continued even after the software update. To fix the problem, owners can bring their vehicles to a dealership where the pump will be replaced at no cost to them. Audi has also redesigned the parts of the pump which will be ready in November. Until then, owners can have a new version of the current pump installed. Owners should get the new pumps installed to help prevent injuries to both themselves and their passengers.