Audi issues recall for E-Tron over potential fire risk

Lloyd Doyle
June 11, 2019

Audi of America is voluntarily recalling its new e-tron battery electric vehicle in the replace a wiring grommet between the charging port and the battery that is part of the wiring assembly.

Audi is recalling a total of 1,644 e-trons, around 540 of which have been delivered to customers. As such, Audi is issuing a recall for an issue that could potentially lead to such an event.

Audi is not aware of any such shorts or thermal events, it says, insisting that the move to recall its first electric auto was made "out of an abundance of caution".

"Audi of America takes the safety of its customers and the quality of our vehicles very seriously".

Provided the yellow battery warning light on the instrument panel hasn't signaled an issue, the vehicle is safe to continue driving until Audi is ready with a remedy for the affected vehicles-expected to arrive in August.

Audi is now in the process of showing the e-tron to its customers in New Zealand, with the first cars expected to arrive here in July.

Audi is clearly looking for mainstream appeal with its new E-Tron electric crossover. If the electrical regenerative braking system fails, drivers could experience an increased delay in deceleration after pressing on the brakes, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. No incidents have been reported globally yet, but Audi is taking precautions to make sure that the problem is fixed.

According to Audi there have been five instances globally where a battery fault light turned on because of the moisture issue and it began contacting e-tron owners in the U.S. last week, saying it should have a fix available by August.

The e-tron and I-Pace are among the early entrants in a wave of luxury and mass-market electric vehicles that are set to be released in the coming years.

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