A worldwide automaker is recalling 1.2 million vehicles after fears surfaced that an electrical failure could trigger a dangerous fire while you’re driving.
According to the Associated Press, the problem is with the electric coolant pumps in a large swath of Audi’s cars and SUVs. If the pumps get blocked up with debris or moisture, they can short out or overheat, possibly igniting.
Thankfully, there have been no reported fires from overheating pumps yet. The possibility of that happening appears to be slim, but just to be safe, Audi’s parent company Volkswagen is having its dealers repair the recalled vehicles for free.
Audi failed at trying to fix the problem last year with a software update, so now they’re putting new pumps into all the cars and SUVs and may replace them again when a resigned pump becomes available in November.
So which Audis are affected? The 2013 to 2016 A4, the 2013 to 2017 A5, the 2012 to 2015 A6 coupes and sedans. Also, the 2013 to 2017 Q5 SUV.
The recall was announced Tuesday. Expect an official letter about it to hit your mailbox by mid-June.
If you know any Audi owners, please let them know about this recall! Earlier this month, Ford announced a recall of many of their popular pickup trucks and SUVs.