Audi recalls more than 1 million vehicles over fire risk in electric coolant pumps

Multiple car and SUV models, all of which have 2-litre turbocharged engines, are affected by the recall

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 April, 2018, 4:55am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 April, 2018, 5:12am

Audi is recalling about 1.2 million cars and SUVs worldwide because their electric coolant pumps can overheat and possibly cause a fire.

The recall covers the 2013 to 2016 A4, the 2013 to 2017 A5, the 2012 to 2015 A6, and the Q5 SUV from 2013 to 2017. All have 2-litre turbocharged engines.

Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen, says in US government documents that the pumps can become blocked with cooling system debris, or moisture in the pump can cause an electrical short. 

An Audi spokesman in the US said there have been reports of fires, but he had no details. 

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Dealers will replace the pumps at no cost to owners. The spokesman said Tuesday that redesigned parts won’t be ready until November, but dealers will install a new version of the current pump until the redesigned ones are available.

Audi recalled the same vehicles last year and dealers did a software update. But the company says in documents posted on Tuesday by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that pump problems continued.

Audi will send out recall letters on or before June 11.