Audi Q8 E-Tron Recalled for Brake Line Issue

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Volkswagen Group of America is recalling certain 2024 Audi Q8 Sportback E-Tron Quattro and Q8 E-Tron Quattro vehicles due to an over-tightened brake line connection. This defect can cause a brake fluid leak and reduced braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

Key Highlights:

  • Recall Number: 24V428000
  • Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
  • Affected Units: 65
  • Defect: Over-tightened brake line connection may lead to brake fluid leak and reduced braking performance.
  • Remedy: Dealers will inspect and replace the brake pressure line free of charge.
  • Owner Notification: Letters to be mailed on August 9, 2024.

Details of the Defect: The over-tightened brake line connection can cause premature damage, leading to a brake fluid leak and failure of the affected brake circuit. This issue may result in increased brake pedal travel and a “Brake fluid level low” warning message on the vehicle display. Reduced braking power increases the risk of a crash.

Cause of the Defect: During production, an electronically monitored screwing tool used to rework the brake line junction points may have been handled incorrectly, applying too much torque. This overload can cause the flange of the brake line to break.

Remedy and Notification: Volkswagen will inspect and replace the brake pressure line in affected vehicles, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on August 9, 2024. Owners can contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834 for more information. Volkswagen’s recall number for this issue is 47DE.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.nhtsa.gov.

Production and Chronology:

  • The affected vehicles were produced between May 16, 2023, and March 15, 2024.
  • The issue was first identified in January 2024 when a low brake fluid warning message appeared in a European vehicle.
  • Further analysis and adjustments to the production process were made in response.
  • In June 2024, the Product Safety Committee decided to issue a recall to inspect and repair the vehicles.

As of June 10, 2024, no customer complaints, injuries, crashes, or fires related to this issue have been reported in the United States. The recall condition was corrected in production by optimizing the torque wrench to prevent incorrect operation starting from February 2024.

For more details, refer to the full Part 573 Safety Recall Report 24V-428 submitted by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

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