Audi Recalls 1.2 Million Vehicles for Potential Fire Hazard
German automaker Audi is recalling about 1.2 million cars and SUVs globally because the electric coolant pumps in these vehicles could potentially overheat and cause a fire. According to an Associated Press news report, the recall covers several models including 2013 to 2016 A4, the 2013 to 2017 A5, the 2012 to 2015 A6, and the Q5 SUV from 2013 to 2017. All of the recalled vehicles have 2-liter turbocharged engines.
Details of the Recall
Audi has stated in documents it submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the pumps in these vehicles could become blocked with cooling system debris, or moisture in the pump could cause an electrical short. No reports of fires have been listed so far. When the recall begins, dealers will replace the pumps at no cost to vehicle owners.
Audi says the redesigned parts for these recalled vehicles will not be available in the United States until November. But, dealers will install a new version of the current pumps until the redesigned ones become available in November. Audi recalled the same vehicles last year and dealers did a software update. However, the company said in documents that the problems with the pump have continued. If you own one of the recalled vehicles, you should get a notice in the mail by June 11.
Vehicle Fires and What You Can Do
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2015, there were about 174,000 vehicle fires in the United States, resulting in 445 deaths and 1,550 injuries. There are a number of steps drivers and vehicle occupants can take if their vehicle catches fire. First, pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so. Use your turn signal to make your way to a safe location off the road such as a breakdown lane or a rest stop. Once you have stopped, turn off the engine and get everyone out of the car. Move everyone at least 100 feet away from the burning car and well away from the traffic, and call 911.
You can do your part to prevent vehicle fires by properly maintaining your vehicle including spotting and fixing leaks. Some of the danger signs include oil or fluid leaks, cracked or loose wiring, and rapid changes in fluid level or engine temperature. However, when your vehicle is defective, it can be difficult to anticipate problems.
If you have been injured in a vehicle fire caused by a defective part, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to offer you more information about pursuing your legal rights.