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Audi Recalls e-tron All-Electric Vehicle for Battery Fire Risk

2019 Audi e-tron
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Well, that was fast. Less than two months after Audi introduced its first-ever all-electric vehicle for sale in the U.S., the automaker followed up with another milestone: the first-ever voluntary recall of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.

Citing a concern for battery fires, Audi recalled 1,644 of its e-tron battery-powered SUVs in the U.S.—including about 540 that have been delivered to customers—for a potentially faulty seal that the automaker said could allow moisture to enter the battery compartment. The company released a statement noting that it is contacting customers directly to inform them of the recall and communicate the need for a repair, which will be available in August.

“Audi of America takes the safety of its customers and the quality of our vehicles very seriously,” Audi said. “…We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers and reservation holders as we work with all parties toward a positive outcome in the weeks ahead.”

So far, no injuries have been reported related to the recall, Bloomberg reported, though there have been five instances globally of the battery fault light turned on. Audi said that e-tron vehicles unaffected by the recall “remain available for delivery” and its reservation system “remains open to receive customer reservations.”

Prior to the recall announcement, Audi reported 856 e-tron sales in May—its first full month of sales for the vehicle—after selling 253 in April. The vehicle features an EPA-estimated range of 204 miles on a single charge, and comes at a starting price of $74,800.

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