Audi Recalls 1644 e-Tron SUVs Globally

Marco Green
June 11, 2019

Audi has launched a recall campaign for more than 1,500 e-tron crossovers after discovering a problem with a battery seal. The company is taking the recall very seriously and said that the recall is voluntary and affects approximately 540 e-tron vehicles in the U.S. that have been delivered to customers and 1,644 in total. Talks with German authorities about a potential recall in Europe are ongoing, Audi spokesman Udo Ruegheimer said.

Under certain circumstances, Audi says, moisture could seep into the vehicle's electrical system, presenting a risk of an electrical short and potential fire. The company isn't aware of any fires or injuries because of the flaw, he said.

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. If this happens, owners are advised to turn off the auto and park it in an open space so Audi can retrieve the vehicle and take it to the dealership.

The E-Tron, which went on sale in the U.S.in April, is Audi's first fully-electric vehicle and one in a wave of contenders from traditional automakers looking to challenge Tesla Inc.'s dominance of the segment. According to a recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, if the regenerative-braking systems on the affected I-Pace vehicles fail, there will be a delay between when the driver presses the brake pedal and when the vehicle begins to slow down. The recall fix is expected to become available in August 2019. We are applying an abundance of caution as no such incidents have been reported globally.

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.

"Audi e-tron vehicles unaffected by the recall remain available for delivery and our reservation system remains open to receive customer reservations".

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