Audi e-Tron Recall: HV Battery Charging Socket (fire risk)
Audi issued a voluntary recall based around a fire risk in the e-Tron. 540 e-Tron's are part of it and so far no fires happened yet. Lets hope it stays that way!
Recall Information from Audi USA: START DATE
Jun 07, 2019
AUDI ACTION CODE
A potentially faulty seal may allow moisture to enter the high-voltage (HV) battery through the wiring between the HV battery charging socket and the high-voltage electronics. If this happens, the instrument cluster will display the message "Electrical system: fault." and a warning will appear in the instrument panel. If moisture enters the high-voltage battery, there is a risk of a short circuit leading to a fire in the high-voltage system.
NHTSA RECALL NUMBER
Repair is not available at this time.
Recall Information from a Bloomberg Report: Audi Recalls First Electric Vehicle in U.S. on Battery Fire Risk
Volkswagen AG luxury brand Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle due to the risk of a battery fire.
The company issued a voluntary recall of approximately 540 E-Tron SUV models sold in the U.S. because of a risk that moisture can seep into the battery cell through a wiring harness glitch, spokesman Mark Dahncke said. The company isn’t aware of any fires or injuries because of the flaw, which affects a total of 1,644 models, he said.
The E-Tron, which went on sale in the U.S. in April, is Audi’s first fully-electric car and one in a wave of contenders from traditional automakers looking to challenge Tesla Inc.’s dominance of the segment. While electric vehicles are no more prone to accidents or fires than gasoline-powered cars -- and might be less so, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- the lithium-ion battery technology that powers them is still evolving, and there is no consensus on safe system design.
Audi said there have been five instances globally where a battery fault light turned on because of the moisture issue. It began contacting E-Tron owners in the U.S. last week, prior to a warning from federal safety regulators, and should have a repair available by August.
“We are applying an abundance of caution as no such incidents have been reported globally,” the company said in a statement.
Audi 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. There are still E-Trons unaffected by the recall available for sale, it said.
Fires are all too common in electric cars. Just glad I live in a condo and not a house. Rather not wake up to my garage engulfed in flames.
Someone rang us from VW and told us about this, I asked some questions, really the only case they have seen it is when you are charging and it is very wet, so if you don't charge outside or live somewhere pretty dry than this is very unlikely to happen.
I.e. Charge port is open and water works it's way down one of the prongs. I'm also probably guessing it's probably not their charger and maybe an after market one as (I hope) they would tested this with theirs?