E-tron Recalled for Possible ABS Failure

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HERNDON, Va. – Volkswagen Group of America has agreed to recall certain 2020-2021 model-year Audi E-tron vehicles which might lose anti-lock braking (ABS), electronic-stability control (ESC) and some brake boost during hard braking due to a fault within the ABS control unit.

The recall covers 498 vehicles – 119 Audi E-tron Sportback Quattro and 379 Audi E-tron Quattro – produced between May and December of 2020.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-569, the rotor and shaft within the ABS hydraulic control unit might not have been welded to specification, thus might separate during a hard-braking maneuver.

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The consequences of this, according to NHTSA, might be: “During a hard braking maneuver, a reduction in brake assistance (brake boost) could lead to an extended stopping distance. In combination with a loss of ABS and ESC functionalities, this could increase the risk of a crash.”

The remedy will consist of replacing the brake booster.

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Dealers and customers are scheduled to receive notification of the recall beginning Sept. 24, 2021.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.