Audi Auxiliary Heater Electrical Connector Recall
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. The German automaker, Audi, is featured in another safety recall due to fire-related hazards. The reason for the recall originates from a defect in the electrical connectors of the auxiliary heaters in certain vehicles, which may melt and potentially catch fire.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) has recalled approximately 216,440 vehicles due to a defect in the auxiliary heater electrical system of these vehicles. The electrical connector for the auxiliary heater may overheat or melt over time due to contact corrosion, increasing the risk of a fire.
The following vehicles are affected by the recall:
- 2013 to 2016: A4 Sedan, A4 Allroad, A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 vehicles
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by Audi. Owners may have their vehicles repaired at their nearest dealer, free of charge. The auxiliary heater will be replaced by service technicians. The software of these vehicles will also be inspected and updated, if necessary. Owners may contact the Audi customer service line at (800) 893-5298 for more information.
Why Are Vehicles Recalled?
When one thinks of the word recall, immediate concern comes to mind. However, not all recalls involving motor vehicles are entirely negative in essence. A manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues a recall when certain car models do not comply with a federal safety standard or have a safety defect. Such recalls are created due to thorough investigation and consumer reports. Is it important to keep in mind that motor vehicle recalls are intended to protect and conserve the safety of those traveling on the roadway.
How NHTSA Investigates Complaint Reports
The first step of an investigation process by NHTSA is screening. Complaints filed by vehicle owners and other information pertaining to alleged safety defects are reviewed by the NHTSA. The NHTSA then analyzes any petitions for defect investigations. If an alleged safety defect is identified, an investigation is opened by NHTSA. Automakers and manufacturers are required to meet NHTSA deadlines to address and resolve the defect. Failure to do so can result in penalties against that automaker or manufacturer.
How to Protect Yourself Against Safety Recalls
A good habit not to break as a vehicle owner is to search your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your automaker’s recall page or NHTSA’s VIN search tool. This search tool is critical in determining whether your vehicle has a preexisting, unresolved defect and/or newly announced defect. Usually, automakers notify owners via mail if their vehicle is affected by a safety recall. However, owners may not receive the news for a variety of undisclosed reasons. For more details, contact a seasoned Sacramento car accident lawyer.
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