An electrical fault is behind the recall on the A4, A5 and Q5, although the cars are safe to be used – unless there's a burning smell
Jimi Beckwith
22 December 2017

Audi is recalling 1.27 million cars across the world, with A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 models built between April 2011 and May 2015 affected.

The recall is due to the risk of a fire caused by "thermal overload occurring at the plug connectors of the electrical connections in the auxiliary heater due to friction corrosion", Audi states. Incorrect coatings on the contacts are also to blame. 

The friction is caused by stress and movement in the components, which in turn can cause an electrical fire. The recall will fit a new auxiliary heating element with improved electrical contacts. 

Audi advises owners that their cars can still be driven despite the fault, but if a burning smell can be detected, they should park the car and call their local Audi dealer. 

Audi discovered the fault through product monitoring checks.

It’s not yet known how many UK cars are affected by the recall; 875,000 cars are affected in Europe, 250,000 in North America and 47,000 in Asia.

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22 December 2017

Good old legendary reliability and build quality at its finest at VAG 

Stressed out dealers trying to sort out issues on emission fix cars now have this one to deal with as well...

22 December 2017

Still, it will wake them out of their customary dozy torpor. Hell, they may even find a use for their indicators.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

23 December 2017

But it's only to show off their naff 'dynamic sweeping' LEDs. Take a trip up any motorway, you'll see them changing lane for no reason just so they can use them.

22 December 2017

Glad to see my Range Rover and my dads Jaguar XF don’t suffer from Electrical issues. Even better no recalls so far which in my view is just as bad as any other fault!

23 December 2017
But give it time. JLR dont recall you just go to the dealer who puts his fingers in his ears and says Lalalala loudly until you go away. Alternativly they take in for a week and give back exatly the same. Repeat until customer gives up.

22 December 2017

My Dad's Austin Cambridge never suffered a recall; same with the Vauxhall Victors.

22 December 2017

Fault doesn't seem to have affected the central reservation electro magnet in the drivers door thankfully, still business as usual (or the one in the front bumper that latches onto the car in front)

22 December 2017

Of course this is a purely Audi thing. No other manufacturer has had serious recalls have they. I sleep better knowing this.

Spanner

22 December 2017
Spanner wrote:

Of course this is a purely Audi thing. No other manufacturer has had serious recalls have they. I sleep better knowing this.

Yes other manufactures have recalls, however this is a serious safety concern of fire remember, put simply think Vauxhall and think Zafira fires and think how much that hit the headlines, press, social media etc... massive outcry. This recall? Probably affects more more cars than the Zafira but will also get brushed under the carpet unlike the Zafira one was....

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22 December 2017

The reason the Zafira fires caused so much press interest, was because Vauxhall tried to deny/fob-off the issue for ages until the BBC got involved!

I think Audi are taking correct steps here....object to other Brands

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