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Audi e-tron 55 recalled over fire risk

Urgent recall issued by Audi Australia as potential battery fault poses serious fire risk

26 Mar 2024

AUDI Australia has issued an urgent recall for 123 examples of its e-tron 55 SUV and Sportback sold locally between 2018 and 2022.


A potential battery fault poses a serious risk of fire for affected models, with Audi Australia warning that a software fix to address the issue is still being developed and could potentially be months away.


“Due to a manufacturing defect, the high voltage battery may experience a thermal overload if charged over 80 per cent capacity. If this occurs, the battery could overheat and lead to a vehicle fire,” warned the recall notice.


“A vehicle fire could increase the risk of serious injury or death to vehicle occupants, other road users, and bystanders, and/or damage to property.”


As is the case with all Australian recalls, the vehicle manufacturer will contact affected owners to notify them of the risk, and the course of action for repair.


“Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Audi Australia, asking to schedule an appointment at your nearest authorised Audi dealership to have the battery inspected, free of charge,” the recall notice continued.


“It is recommended to temporarily limit the charging target to 80 per cent capacity, and the owner can change this setting under ‘Charging Target’ menu in the multi-media interface or myAudi app.


“While the software upgrade development is underway, it is strongly advised that the owner returns the vehicle for an inspection and potential replacement of the battery every four months.”


Owners of Audi e-tron 55 SUV and Sportback models may contact their nearest Audi Service Centre for further information or contact Audi Australia Customer Assistance on 1800 502 834.


The fault is the second major safety issue found with Audi electric vehicles this year. The manufacturer earlier recalled 222 e-tron GT models after an issue with the seal of the battery pack was detected.


Despite concerns about electric vehicle safety, EV FireSafe reports that only six EVs have caught fire in Australia in the past 14 years. 


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