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Audi in the Hot Seat

Could my Audi catch fire?

Audi defects attorneys have learned that the automaker is in the proverbial “hot seat” over the latest auto recall reportedly impacting five models in its line.

Audi is reportedly recalling over 216,000 vehicles from model years 2013–2016, including the A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, A4 Sedan, A5 Allroad and Q5 due to an allegedly defective electrical connector for the auxiliary heaters.

“Corrosion inside the electrical connectors for the auxiliary heaters” can reportedly cause:

  • the heater wires to overheat and melt
  • the auxiliary heater to fail and/or
  • risk of fire from the melting wires

In what might have been a cost-cutting measure that apparently back-fired, Audi reportedly switched from using a combination of tin and silver to make the electrical connector to just using tin in April 2011, then switched back to the tin and silver combination again in June, 2015. Hence, the recall is confined to vehicles produced between April 2011 and May 2015. Hindsight, of course, is always 20/20 and whatever the reason was behind the switch was apparently a costly mistake.

After receiving complaints around February 2015, Audi reportedly launched an investigation and began offering a “service action campaign” in June 2016 to “update the software for the climate control modules” before deciding to also replace the heaters.

Those with impacted vehicles under the auto recall will allegedly have their heaters replaced with auxiliary heaters containing electrical plug connectors made with the silver and tin combination and will also have their existing software updated if it hasn’t already been done.

If your car has been impacted by an auto recall, or you feel you might be driving a lemon that’s always in the shop for the same repair, the Law Offices of Timothy Abeel & Associates can help. Depending on your problem, you could be entitled to a new car, full refund, or cash settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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