Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Audi recalls electric SUV due to battery fire risk

Audi recalls electric SUV due to battery fire risk

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.

The recall of Audi's e-tron comes about a month after the automaker began delivering the vehicle to customers.

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 has launched a recall campaign for more than 1,500 e-tron crossovers after discovering a problem with a battery seal. The total number of affected cars includes 544 e-tron SUVs that have been delivered to customers.

Both companies have opted to proactively issue the safety recalls before reports of any untoward incidents concerning the vehicles emerged from owners. It is unclear if the campaign will delay further deliveries, as the fix is not expected to become available until August. With the British electric auto, there is a problem with the software for the recuperation.

Moisture entering the pack could lead to corrosion, and the increased chance of a short over time. Audi added that no actual incident has been reported yet.

Since this is a voluntary recall, owners are not required to bring in their cars.

The warning light is something to take very seriously, however: "Should a yellow battery warning light appear, appropriate actions should be taken to stop and park the vehicle in the open, do not charge and contact roadside assistance to make arrangements to have the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection/service without delay", instructs Audi. Basically, instead of the regular wing mirrors, the E-Tron gets cameras on the A-pillar which project the rear view image on display screens inside. They will also receive Audi Care or a reimbursement if they already paid for it.

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