Volkswagen AG luxury brand Audi has issued a recall of approximately 540 all-electric vehicle E-Tron SUV models sold in the U.S. to the customers because of a risk that moisture can seep into the battery cell due to a wiring harness glitch, spokesman Mark Dahncke said. The company announces that it isn’t aware of any fires or injuries caused due to the flaw, which affects a total of 1,644 models.
The recall is particularly in response to a potentially faulty seal that might allow moisture to enter the battery compartment which could lead to a short circuit or in extreme cases to a serious fire issue. However, no incidents have been reported globally yet, but Audi is taking precautions to make sure that the problem is fixed ASAP which is expected to become available in August 2019.
The company is contacting the customers directly to inform them of the recall, and the company’s dealer network will get the issue resolved. Currently, A total of 31 affected cars are in circulation with customers in the UK and the company in the process of contacting all these owners to ask them to make an appointment to have the necessary remedial work carried out. Audi UK will of course offer owners a temporary replacement vehicle.”
The E-Tron, SUV which were on sale in the U.S. in April, is Audi’s first fully-electric car and one in a wave of contenders from traditional automakers looking to challenge Tesla Inc.’s dominance over the segment. Although the e-Tron is not the only electric car that has faced this issue; in fact, even the Jaguar to has had to recall the I-Pace to rectify a fault with the regenerative brake system.