Audi e-tron recalled for poor battery seal

Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle due to risk of battery fires

Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle due to risk of battery fires

VW's biggest profit contributor said it's offering E-Tron owners loaner vehicles and an $800 cash card to cover gas or incidentals during the recall period, as well as free roadside assistance.

Audi is clearly looking for mainstream appeal with its new E-Tron electric crossover.

"Audi of America takes the safety of its customers and the quality of our vehicles very seriously". The recall is in response to a potentially faulty seal that may allow moisture to enter the battery compartment which could lead to a short circuit or in extreme cases to a thermal event. If an e-tron is not available, Audi will provide a auto with an internal-combustion engine and an $800 cash card for higher fuel costs and other expenses incurred.

The company issued the voluntary recall of approximately 540 cars already delivered to customers due to a risk that moisture could seep into the battery cell through a faulty seal on the wiring harness, Audi of America spokesman Mark Dahncke told Bloomberg. Not all vehicles delivered to customers so far areaffected, the Audi representative said.

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"We are applying an abundance of caution as no such incidents have been reported globally", the company said in a statement. If this happens, owners are advised to turn off the auto and park it in an open space so Audi can retrieve the vehicle and take it to the dealership. If the electrical regenerative braking system fails, drivers could experience an increased delay in deceleration after pressing on the brakes, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The e-tron and I-Pace are among the early entrants in a wave of luxury and mass-market electric vehicles that are set to be released in the coming years.

Despite Tesla's sales success, electric vehicles still account for just about 1% of the global automotive market, but that number is gradually climbing.

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