Audi Recalls E-Tron SUVs over Fire Risk: Software Update Pending

Thousands of Audi E-Tron SUVs are being recalled due to a potential fire risk associated with their high-voltage batteries.

The affected vehicles, spanning model years 2019 to 2022, carry a specific type of battery module manufactured by LG Energy Solution. These modules may exhibit a critical self-discharge condition, leading to thermal overload, smoke, and even fire in rare instances.

See also: General Motors to Recall Additional Bolt EVs

While a permanent fix is still under development, Audi has outlined a two-pronged approach to address the issue:

  1. Software Update: A new onboard diagnostic software is expected in Q3 2024. It will monitor battery performance and alert drivers of potential problems before they escalate. Vehicles with active online data connections will be remotely monitored, and owners will be contacted if critical conditions are detected.
  2. Interim Measures: Until the software update arrives, affected vehicles will have their charging capacity limited to 80%. Additionally, models without online data capabilities will undergo dealer diagnostics and potential battery module replacements if necessary.

For owners concerned about their E-Tron SUV:

  • Check if your vehicle falls within the recall range by VIN using the NHTSA website:
  • Audi will notify owners directly via mail by February 16, 2024.
  • Contact your local Audi dealer for further information or to schedule a diagnostic check.

While the final software fix is pending, Audi’s recall and mitigation measures demonstrate a proactive approach to safety. Owners of affected E-Tron SUVs are encouraged to take necessary precautions and stay informed of updates.


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