A large number of Audi vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).Continue reading article "Takata Recalls"
Fuel Pump Flange Leaking
It’s been quite a journey figuring out how to stop Audi's Continental fuel pump flanges from leaking, but it appears the automaker is finally offering a solution after years of interim repairs.Continue reading article "Fuel Pump Flange Leaking"
Cheating Diesel Emissions
Audi was caught cheating on its diesel emissions with defeat devices. Twice. It started with the widespread dieselgate story for 2.0L 4-cylinder engines and was followed with a lesser known cheat for vehicles with the ZF 8-speed transmiss…Continue reading article "Cheating Diesel Emissions"
There's growing concern that more than 46,000 Audi vehicles can end up with misaligned rear axles.
The automaker recalled the vehicles after discovering a certain batch of lock nuts on the axle's trailing arm are more suceptible to snap because of corrosion.…keep reading article "Audi Recalls 46,000 Vehicles With Potentially Misaligned Rear Axles"
More than 171,000 Audi sedans have been recalled for shutting off the airbag when there's a passenger in the front seat.
This should give pause to anyone wanting to call "shotgun" on your next road tripl especially considering this is the second time the passenger occupant detection system (PODS) has been recalled in some of these vehicles over the last couple years. …keep reading article "Audi Recalls 171,000 Vehicles for Passenger Airbag System Shutoffs"
Audi is recalling 30,000 Q7 SUVs because they're worried that (*checks notes*) unbuckled front-seat child passengers could get hurt by the airbags?
An internal investigation found the second-stage of their dual-stage airbag may deploy too quickly for young necks. Maybe we need another investigation into the people allowing their 6-year-olds to ride shotgun without a seat belt?…keep reading article "Audi Recalls 2020-2021 Q7 Over Dual-Stage Airbag Concerns"
Audi is recalling 350 Q3 SUVs because the backing plates holding the brakes together can fall off during a sudden stop.
They also say the pressure could just cause the plates to bend but it doesn't really inspire much stopping confidence either way. All the affected vehicles are from the 2020 model year.…keep reading article "The 2020 Q3 Has Been Recalled to Stop Its Brake Backing Plates From Falling Off"
The sensors are part of a network that monitors for crashes and can deploy airbags and the seat belt pretensioners. The automaker thinks the electrical connections for these particular sensors can disconnect over time.…keep reading article "A Front Door Crash Sensor Problem Can Disable Airbag Deployment in Certain 2021 Audi Vehicles"
lucky2020 Q3 owner just received word their driver's seat may not have been properly bolted down and needs to be recalled.
Everyone else's is fine. So at the holiday table tomorrow let's raise a glass and be thankful we're not them. And here's hoping that owner helps themselves to an extra slice of pie.keep reading article "Here's Why This One 2020 Q3 Owner Deserves an Extra Slice of Pie Tomorrow."
Audi's parent company, Volkswagen, thinks some welding mistakes were made during the manufacturing of certain 2020 vehicles.
A bad weld in the backrest adjustment will likely break in a rear-end crash, allowing the seat to move and turning a minor rear-end collision into a trip to the hospital.…keep reading article "The 2020 Q5 and SQ5 Recalled for Welding Mistakes in the Seats"
keep reading article "A8 and S8 Recalled to Stop Loose Seals From Starting Engine Fires"
The automaker says it only happens in "rare cases" but is that true? The problem happens when a wire helix inside the seal deforms from normal engine tempterature changes. Once that happens, the whole seal can fall off due to normal engine vibrations. Doesn't sound as rare as they say it is.…
Audi didn't mention specific model years, but there's only two to choose from (2019 & 2020) so presumably it's both. One thing they did mention is 530 of the SUVs are in the USA while 93 are in Canada.…keep reading article "Q8 Recalled For Transmission Leaks"
Audi says the bolt connects the steering shaft to the steering gear. No bolt, no steering. So the vehicles are being recalled. The recall should begin around April 19th.keep reading article "A Loose Bolt Could Knock Out the Steering in Audi's Large SUVs"
Audi announced a small number of 2019 Q7 SUVs have been recalled because their side-curtain aitbag may not properly inflate on deployment.
And on a leap-year, no less. The recall will begin around April 19th, 2020.keep reading article "2019 Q7 Recalled to Replace Side-Curtain Airbag"
Audi recently announced more than 116,000 cars need to be recalled to replace their non-azide driver-side Takata inflators because they might underinflate on deployment.
First they explode with too much force, now this? Pick a lane, Takata.…keep reading article "Underinflating Takata Airbags Recalled in Older Audis"
The 2018 A3 and RS 3 have been recalled because some of them are missing the latching pins that hold the rear center headrest in place.
Audi says their tier 3 supplier mixed properly latched headrests with unlatched ones. The recall affects over 20,000 cars worldwide and is already underway.keep reading article "A3 and RS 3 Shipped with Unlatched Headrests"
Audi and Volkswagen are recalling 119,000 vehicles to replace dangerous Takata airbag inflators.
This campaign is part of an industry-wide effort involving more than a dozen automakers and 1.7 million vehicles. The chemical inside of Takata airbag inflators can become unstable over time, leading to violent and sometimes deadly airbag deployments. The recall is for both driver and passenger side inflators in the 2017 R8 and 2016-2017 TT.keep reading article "Takata Inflator Recall for TT and R8 Vehicles"
Audi is recalling over 1,000 vehicles because of quick connectors that are supposed to hold fuel supply lines in place aren't doing their job.
The detached lines will stop supplying fuel to the crankshaft and start depositing it onto hot engine surfaces. When flammable liquid meets something as hot as an exhaust manifold, things happen. Things you don’t want.…keep reading article "Quick Connecters Are Allowing Fuel Lines to Detach"
The head restraint guide that keeps it attached to the seat frame may not have been properly welded in 169 Audi and VW vehicles.
Certain 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf, Golf R, Audi A3 Sedan and RS3 vehicles that need the rear seat frames replaced will need their rear seat frames replaced.…keep reading article "Head Restraint Weld Might Not Hold it to the Seat Frame"
Audi may have forgotten to properly tighten an airbag module’s mounting screws, prompting a recall in a tiny number of vehicles. Twelve!
The affected vehicles are the 2018 A5 Sportback and 2017-2018 A4 allroad. At this point it’s unclear if they’ll need to recall all sold vehicles to find the unlucky 12.
The recall should begin on January 26, 2019.keep reading article "Audi Didn’t Tighten the Airbags Module in a Tiny Number of Vehicles"
A couple years ago the 2007-2012 Q7 and 2009-2012 Q5 were recalled to fix leaking fuel pump flanges.
At the time, there weren't enough replacement flanges to go around. In a let's-see-if-this-works move Audi slapped some butyl tape around the existing flanges to prevent future leaks. It didn't.
Turns out if the flange has already been exposed to outside contaminates, covering it in tape will only prolong the inevitable leak. About 6,000 vehicles are being recalled again, hopefully this time for a more permanent repair.…keep reading article "Previous Q5 and Q7 Fuel Pump Repair Being Recalled"
Audi is recalling 1,900 R8 vehicles to stop transmission fluid leaking onto gearbox ventilation hoses and starting fires.
The 2017-2018 Audi R8 Spyders and R8 Coupes are more likely to leak transmission fluid during racetrack driving or extreme sharp turns at high speeds. The fire risk comes into view if the transmission fluid hits hot exhaust parts.…keep reading article "It’s Time to Stop Track Racing Your R8 Until You Get Its Transmission Fixed"
Takata is a nightmare we just can’t wake up from.
It’s been almost five years since the first recall, yet here we are staring down the barrel of another recall expansion for exploding inflators.keep reading article "New Year, New Takata Recalls"