Porsche and Audi Recalls: Growing Concern Over Gas Leaks

Forbes – May 13, 2017


Porsche and Audi Recalls: Growing Concern Over Gas Leaks

A concern over gas leaks has prompted the recall of 241,000 Audi and 51,000 Porsche models in the United States, according to reports posted Friday on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Audi action is an expansion of a recall last October of 143,000 models for the same problem.

The automaker said it concluded the new recall was necessary as the result of “an ongoing analysis.”

The problem with the Audi and Porsche models is that the fuel pump flange may develop small cracks, the automaker said in its report to federal regulators…

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Audi recalls SUVs prone to gas leaks

 

Auburn Hill, Mich. – May 3, 2017 – The Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 240,000 sport utility vehicles with defective fuel pump flanges, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The recall, which is an expansion of two earlier campaigns, affects Audi Q7 SUVs produced between May 2012 and July 2015, as well as Q5 models that rolled off the assembly line from July 2012 to March 2017. The automaker estimates that this problem affects 100 percent of these vehicles.

The Defect
The vehicles named in the recall are equipped with defective fuel-pump flanges that are prone to cracking. Should fissures develop, fuel could leak into the engine compartment and catch fire, posing a serious risk to occupants. Owners are likely to smell fuel while operating the vehicle or standing near it when leakage has occurred. There have been no accidents or injuries linked to this defect.

Timeline of Events
Earlier this month, Volkswagen recalled a large number of Porsche Macan crossovers due to the same issue, CNET reported. However, this fuel flange problem can be traced back to a recall initiated in September of last year that included the Audi Q7 and Q5, according to the NHTSA.

In the fall of 2015, the automaker became aware of customer complaints and NHTSA filings that mentioned the possibility of fuel leakage. Engineers investigated these assertions and found that the vehicles mentioned in the reports had faulty fuel flanges that tended to develop fissures. Further evaluations took place over an eight-month period between December 2015 and July 2016. Unfortunately, inspectors were unable to discover the root cause. However, Volkswagen developed a workable solution to the problem: a butyl rubber film that could cover the fuel pump flange and seal off leaks.

In September of 2016, the Audi Product Safety Committee chose to issue an official recall. Volkswagen has since discovered the defect in other vehicles, including the Porsche Macan, and has expanded the campaign to account for new models.

The Solution
Volkswagen has ordered dealers to reinforce the fuel pump flanges on affected vehicles with protective butyl rubber film. However, models that exhibit extensive cracking will receive replacement fuel pump flanges of a new, more durable design. This latest recall extension involving the Audi Q7 and Q5 is expected to begin in July, according to Volkswagen. Owners in need of more immediate assistance prior to the official campaign launch date are advised to contact the NHTSA. Those with affected vehicles will receive notification via first-class mail.

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Volkswagen recalls Audi vehicles with forceful air bag deployment risk [Video]

Volkswagen has a new recall action in motion. Around twelve thousand Audi S three sedans, all of which are from model year 2017, could feature a dangerous bug that deploys air bags more forcefully than necessary.

This fault comes from the in-vehicle control module software. If this software has the wrong parameters in it, the air bags may deploy with a heavy impact. This not only puts vehicle occupants at risk but could also fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number two hundred and eight.

Production for the earliest of these vehicles began in July 2016. To fix the problem, dealers will update the software in the vehicle modules with a new version developed during February. This action will fall under vehicle warranty. Both owner and dealer notification is scheduled for April.

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Audi Recalls 11,618 2017 A3/S3 Sedans To Fix Front Airbag Software Issue

Torque News – April 10, 2017


Audi Recalls 11,618 2017 A3/S3 Sedans To Fix Front Airbag Software Issue

Audi has announced the recall of nearly 12,000 2017 A3/S3 sedans to fix a front passenger airbag issue. If the passenger is out of position the airbag may deploy with too much force injuring the passenger.

Volkswagen has announced the recall of 11,618 2017 Audi A3 and S3 sedan models for airbag problems. According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are times when the front passenger airbag control unit can deploy with more force than intended, increasing the risk of injury…

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Volkswagen recalls model year 2017 Audi A3 and S3 sedans

Car Connection- April 4, 2017


Volkswagen recalls model year 2017 Audi A3 and S3 sedans

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 11,618 model year 2017 Audi A3 and S3 sedans.

In a lower-speed crash situation, the airbag control unit software may deploy the passenger front airbag improperly if the front seat passenger is sitting on the edge of the seat or is lying in the seat with the seat reclined.

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

If the airbag deploys with more force than intended, it can increase the risk of injury…

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Volkswagen Recalls Convertibles with Defective Safety Belts

Auburn Hill, Mich. – March 20, 2017 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 1,600 vehicles equipped with defective safety belts. The recall affects Audi A5 and S5 cabriolets produced between June and November 2016, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The Defect

Impacted vehicles have safety-belt pretensioners that could detach during a high-velocity crash. Consequently, the microgas generators contained within these fixtures may also disconnect and become airborne within the cabin, putting passengers at risk. While the pretensioners addressed in this recall are installed in a whole range of Audi models, engineers have discovered that microgas generators only come loose in A5 and S5 cabriolets. This is a result of ineffective crimping unique to these vehicles.

Timeline of Events

In December 2016, Autoliv, the OEM manufacturer that supplied the safety belt pretensioner assemblies, notified Volkswagen that its products were defective due to an assembly line oversight. It also communicated that a 573 report on its pretensioners and microgas generators was forthcoming. Members of the car maker’s Product Safety Committee discussed the matter over multiple sessions that took place throughout December 2016 and January 2017. The group ultimately decided there was not enough data to call for a voluntary recall and asked Autoliv to supply further information.

The parts producer submitted specific serial numbers for installed pretensioners and microgas generators in January. Volkswagen engineers reviewed the information and conducted field tests that lasted through the following month. On March 1, the auto manufacturer decided to initiate a voluntary recall for Audi A5 and S5 models, both of which performed poorly in trials.

The Solution

Volkswagen will order dealers to replace defective safety belt pretensioners and microgas generators. It does not plan to reimburse owners for these repairs. There are no timelines for dealer or owner notification.

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2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet, S5 Cabriolet: Recall Alert

Cars.com – March 17, 2017


2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet, S5 Cabriolet: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,700 model-year 2017 Audi A5 cabriolets and S5 cabriolets
The Problem: A component within the front, rear and rear center seat belt retractor pretensioners may detach after the seat belt retractor pretensioner is deployed in a crash. Although the seat belt will operate as intended in a crash, the pretensioner component may become a projectile within the cabin, increasing the risk of an injury.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the seat belt retractors and pretensioners for free…

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Audi Cars Are Being Recalled For Fire Risks and Air Bag Defects

Auto WorldNews – February 1, 2017


Audi Cars Are Being Recalled For Fire Risks and Air Bag Defects

A total of 576,921 Audi vehicles are being recalled because of two unrelated technical issues. The first issue is a potential fire risk originating from a coolant – pump problem involving six Audi models and the other issue is the possible raptures of air bags in 234,054 Audi cars.

According to Auto Week, there have been reports in the last two years of overheating and smoldering under the hood of Audi cars caused by some blockade of the coolant pump. Particularly in the 2.0-liter TFSI engine, the coolant pump is cumulatively blocked by debris coming from the cooling system that may cause overheating of the pump and eventual vehicle fire.

This problem can be traced to 342,867 Audi vehicles in the U.S. that was sold from 2013 to 2016. The following cars are included in the recalls: Audi A4 sedans produced from Feb. 20 to Dec. 8, 2015, Audi A5 cabriolets produced from March 9, 2012 to Dec. 16, 2016, Audi 5 coupes produced from March 8, 2012 and Nov. 19, 2016, Audi A6 sedans produced from April 4, 2011 to Dec. 22, 2014…

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Volkswagen recalls various Audi vehicles

Consumer Affairs – January 20, 2017

Volkswagen recalls various Audi vehicles

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling a total of 33,421 Audi vehicles.

Included are model year 2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet, S4 Cabriolet, A6 Avant, A6 Sedan and S6 Sedan vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.”

Additionally, unless included in “Zone B,” the company is recalling 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant, A4 Sedan, A6 Sedan, S4 Avant and S4 Sedan vehicles, 2007-2008 A4 Cabriolet, RS4 Sedan, S4 Cabriolet and S6 Sedan vehicles; and 2006-2008 A6 Avant and 2008 RS4 Cabriolet vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

These vehicles are equipped with airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front airbag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment…

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