Audi Recalls E-Tron Electric SUVs for Fire Risk
Audi is recalling nearly 27,000 E-Tron Quattro and E-Tron Sportback Quattro SUVs because their battery modules may overheat and catch fire.
The vehicles have a specific battery pack made by LG Energy Solution and were manufactured before March 11, 2022. Vehicles built after this date don’t have these battery packs and aren’t included in the recall.
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2019-2022 Audi E-Tron Quattro SUVs manufactured before March 11, 2022.
2020-2022 Audi E-Tron Sportback Quattro SUVs manufactured before March 11, 2022.
The problem: The vehicle’s high-voltage battery, made by LG Energy Solution, may experience a thermal overload that could result in smoke and/or a fire.
The fix: A fix is not yet available. In the future, Audi dealers will install a free software update that can identify a potential problem before it occurs. The fix is expected to be available in the fall of 2024.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Audi at 800-253-2834.
NHTSA campaign number: 23V867. Audi’s own number for this recall is 93U9.
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If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.
A repair is not yet available. When it is, Audi will send a software update that can detect issues with the battery and warn drivers. If the software detects a problem, they may be instructed to charge the battery only to 80 percent until faulty battery modules can be replaced.
According to documents Audi provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a “small number” of vehicles have experienced fires. Drivers may notice a loss of range and/or performance before the batteries overheat.