Due to a risk of leaking fuel lines that may result in vehicle fires, several thousands Audi A8 and S8 vehicles are being recalled.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the Audi recall on July 16, warning that the fuel supply line can became porous, leak, and cause a fire, putting passengers at risk. To date, no injuries or deaths have been reported.
Problems with certain Audi A8 and high performance model S8 vehicles from the 2013 to 2015 model years may contain fuel lines that are prone to becoming porous over time, allowing the fuel to leak. If the fuel leaks in the presence of an ignition source, such as the engine, this can cause a fire and endanger drivers and passengers. More than 6,600 vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada are impacted by the recall.
The vehicles were built from June 2012 to July 2014. Audi began using a new part after that time frame, which is less porous, for model years 2016 and later. Audi indictes the new part is less susceptible to leaking, thus posing a reduced risk of fire.
If occupants of an affected vehicle notice a gas smell then the problem with the fuel line has already developed. The vehicle should be taken to the dealership immediately for repair.
Audi has issued a letter to vehicle owners warning of the recall and the fire risk the car may pose. The recall is scheduled to begin August 21, 2018. Owners of affected vehicles can contact Audi customer services at 800-253-2834 for more information about the recall or the free repair.
To check and see if your vehicle is affected by the recall use your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) in the NHTSA’s recall database.