2016 Audi A6 is part of the Audi recall

Audi is recalling 74,881 of the 2016 to 2018 Q7 SUV and A6 and A7 cars, and 2015 to 2018 Audi A8 cars, because part of the system that delivers fuel to the engine can develop leaks, which could lead to fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Audi says fuel leaks over time could stem from variations in the welding process of the supplier that made the part. The amount of leaking fuel is low, the automaker says, and the customer may smell fuel in the vehicle if this condition is present.

An Audi representative told CR that the company is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem. 

The Details

The vehicles: 74,881 cars and SUVs, including:

  • 2016 to 2018 A6 cars built from Nov. 3, 2014, through Feb. 1, 2018.
  • 2016 to 2018 A7 cars built from Oct. 31, 2014, through Feb. 2, 2018.
  • 2015 to 2018 A8 cars built from March 12, 2014, through July 18, 2017.
  • 2016 to 2018 Q7 SUVs built from Aug. 30, 2015, through Jan. 24, 2018.

The problem: Welding variations in the left and right fuel rails could lead to leaks. The rails route gasoline from the fuel line and deliver it to the injectors, which in turn feed the gas into the engine. The leaks could potentially lead to a fire, Audi says.

The fix: Audi says dealers will replace the fuel rails at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Audi says the recall is already underway, and owners may contact customer service at 800-253-2834. Audi’s number for this recall is 24DP.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V035.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: The NHTSA website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued. 

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2017 Audi Q7 is included in the Audi recall

Update: This story has been updated to include a response from Audi.