On Tuesday, the NHTSA claimed that Audi is going to recall almost 75,000 vehicles because of faulty fuel rails that could leak and start a fire.
The recall focuses on 2015 through 2018 models of the A8, A6, A7, and Q7 crossovers. The documents were filed in January with the NHTSA. Some Audi vehicles have fuel rails that were improperly welded together. The automaker conducted an engineering and internal analysis to determine the issue. Variations of the welding process could cause the fuel to leak into the end cap over time. While the fuel amount is likely to be low, it is still enough to create a fire or explosion. Along with such, owners might notice an odor of fuel if they have this issue.
What’s Being Done
The defect was discovered late last year, and the documentation was filed in January. Since then, the supplier has focused on improving the welding process to prevent more issues with the fuel rails. Any fuel rails made after April of 2017 aren’t subject to the problem. However, fuel rails made before that date could be inside the affected Audi models. The 2015 through 2018 models of the A8 and the 2016 through 2018 Q7, A7, and A6 are the only vehicles that are included in the recall so far.
The problem can be fixed easily; Audi claims that they are going to replace both fuel rails on the vehicle without charging owners. The new parts aren’t going to share the same defect as the original components. Therefore, owners of these affected models do not have to worry about the new parts also having issues.
Some Audi owners may have already had the work done; Audi plans to reimburse these owners for the parts. All owners should receive a notification about the recall by March 15.