Recall of Audi electric cars in France over fire risk

The vehicles could have anomalies in their batteries warns watchdog

audi e tron gt on a street in Nancy, France: many vehicles recalled due to risk of battery fire
Thousands of €108,000 Audi e-tron GT cars in Europe and France have been recalled due to a potentially dangerous battery anomaly
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Thousands of electric Audi saloon cars are being recalled in France and throughout Europe due to a potentially dangerous anomaly in their batteries that could cause them to catch fire.

The warning over the Audi e-tron GT was released on the French consumer website Rappel Conso as well as its European counterpart Safety Gate on June 14. 

The problem in the €108,000 e-vehicles was initially identified by Audi.

The models concerned by the recall were sold in France between January 9, 2020, and February 16, 2024.

Their construction reference number is FW, e1*2018/858*00005*.

 

“Some models of battery can present anomalies in their key parameters,” warns the French consumer watchdog. “This can lead to a defect in the affected models that could lead to an increased risk of fire.”

Owners are advised to contact their Audi concessionaire.

Takata airbag recalls

Audi has also been drawn into the mire of the Takata airbag scandal that has engulfed Citroen and its parent company Stellantis.

Airbags made by the Japanese firm Takata were found to contain a gas that decomposes at high temperatures and humidity, making it unstable, and potentially explosive. 

Audi included these airbags in its vehicles between 1996 and 2017.

Audi advises people with cars dating from this period to enter the vehicle’s pin number into the search tool on their website here to see if they need to replace the airbag.