Audi recalling 1.2 million vehicles over fire risk

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Audi is recalling roughly 1.2 million vehicles over a fire risk posed by defective electric coolant pumps, which can overheat if blocked with debris.

Several models driven by the company’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engines are affected, including the 2013- through 2016-model-year A4; 2013 to 2017 A5; 2012 to 2015 A6; and the Q5 SUVs of model year 2013 through 2017.

Moisture in the coolant pumps also could lead to an electrical short and resulting fire, the Associated Press reports, and the defect has already led to several owners experiencing fires.

Dealers will install a redesigned pump in affected cars, but not until that part becomes available in November; in the interim, they will fit those vehicles with an updated version of the current pump.

Audi had tried to address the problem with a recall on these vehicles last year, but the software update performed at that time did not completely eradicate the issue. 

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