Volkswagen AG’s luxury unit Audi stated on Tuesday that it was recalling 1.16 million vehicles globally due to concerns that an electric coolant pump could overheat or short-circuit due to moisture within the pump and pose a fire risk.
Audi informed U.S. regulators the recall concerns some 2013-2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet, A5 Sedan and Audi Q5 vehicles, 2012-2015 Audi A6 vehicles as well as 2013-2016 Audi A4 Sedan and A4 Allroad vehicles having 2.0-liter Turbo FSI engines.
A spokesman for Audi in Germany, Udo Ruegheimer, stated the recall concerned 1.16 million vehicles globally.
Audi stated the pump can become blocked with debris from the cooling system, and that there had been no reports of injuries or incidents associated with the issue.
Dealers are going to replace the pumps but the company did not informed when the parts will become available, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States.
The recall concerns 342,000 vehicles in the United States, NHTSA stated. The company informed it did not have a breakdown by nation of the remaining impacted vehicles.
This is the second Audi recall associated with the pump issue.
In January last year, Audi recalled the same unit of vehicles in the United States to upgrade the software so that the power supply to the coolant pump would be deactivated if the pump happens to get blocked with debris.