Volkswagen recently announced that it was recalling over 576,000 Audi vehicles due to fire issues and airbag issues. Approximately 350,000 A5s, A5 Cabriolets, and Q5 SUVs were recalled because their turbocharged engines have a coolant pump that can catch on fire when they are clogged with debris. Another 230,000 Q5 SUVs are being recalled because water from the sunroof's drainage system can soak into the foam around the side air bag inflators, which can potentially cause the inflators to explode.
Audi became aware of these issues in 2015 and opened an investigation. The investigation concluded in December. Audi has announced that to fix the coolant pump issue, it will do a software update that will cut off the power supply to the pump upon detection of overheating. For the second issue, Audi will disassemble the water drainage system and inspect the airbag's canisters. If corrosion is present, it will be replaced or sealed with wax.
Volkswagen recently was hit by scandal when it was found to have installed defeat devices in its vehicles that lower the carbon dioxide emissions of the vehicles during testing conditions. Those devices were recently discovered in Audi vehicles as well. A top executive was arrested last month in relation to the scandal.
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