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Volkswagen Recalls Thousands of Audi & Porsche Vehicles for Fire Hazards

Vokswagen AG has recalled thousands of Audi and Porsche-brand vehicles over the past year because of defective parts that could cause dangerous fires.

Recent reports have also suggested that one of those faulty components could have been installed in vehicles marketed by several other major auto manufacturers.

Audi and Porsche SUVs Recalled for Faulty Fuel Pump Flanges

Volkswagen initially announced a recall for certain gasoline-engine Porsche Macan, Audi Q5, and Audi Q7 SUVs last October, after determining that the vehicles’ fuel-pump flange could crack, leading to a fuel leak and possible fire.

In May, the company expanded the recall to include an additional 300,000 vehicles, bringing the total number of recalled SUVs to more than $450,000.

SUVs impacted by the Audi recall include:

  • 2013-2015 Audi Q7
  • 2013-2017 Audi Q5

The Porsche Macan recall includes:

  • 2015-2015 Porsche Macan S
  • 2015-2015 Porsche Macan S
  • 2015-2015 Porsche Macan Turbo
  • 2016-2016 Porsche Macan S
  • 2016-2016 Porsche Macan Turbo
  • 2016-2016 Porsche Macan Turbo
  • 2017-2017 Porsche Macan
  • 2017-2017 Porsche Macan S
  • 2017-2017 Porsche Macan Turbo
  • 2017-2017 Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package
  • 2017-2017 Porsche Macan GTS

The expanded recall began on July 2nd.

Audi and Porsche dealers have been directed to apply a protective film to the fuel pump component, or replace it if cracks are found.

Additional Vehicles May Contain Defective Fuel Pump Flanges

The fuel pump flanges behind the Audi and Porsche SUV recall were manufactured by German auto parts maker Continental AG.

According to, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now investigating the possibility that the same components may have been used in vehicles manufactured by other companies.

The investigation was launched after Continental disclosed that the fuel pump flanges had been sold to several automakers, including:

  • General Motors Co.
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV
  • Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz
  • Tata Motors Ltd.’s Jaguar Land Rover
  • McLaren Automotive Ltd.
  • Automobili Lamborghini SpA
  • Volvo Car Group

The component was also sold to the following suppliers:

  • Magna International Inc.
  • TI Automotive Ltd.
  • Plastic Omnium
  • YAPP USA Automotive Systems Inc.
  • Kautex Textron GmbH

The fuel pump flange is mounted in the fuel tank, and is designed to close an opening used to mount other fuel and vapor management components.

The flanges were manufactured from an industry-standard plastic called polyoxymethylen-copolymer. A Continental spokesperson told Bloomberg that certain environmental factors, exposure to the acids found in cleaning solutions, and the location of the part’s installation, can cause the material to break down.

Audi Recall for Faulty Electric Coolant Pump

In January, Volkswagen announced a recall for more than 340,000 Audi-brand vehicles that were built with an electric coolant pump that could become clogged with debris, potentially igniting a fire.

Vehicles impacted by this Audi recall include:

  • 2013-2016 Audi A4 Sedan 2.0L TFSI Engine
  • 2013-2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet with 2,0l TFSI engine
  • 2013-2017 Audi A5 with 2,0l TFSI engine
  • 2012-2015 Audi A6 with 2,0l TFSI engine
  • 2013-2017 Audi Q5 with 2,0l TFSI engine
  • 2013-2016 Audi A4 allroad with 2,0l TFSI engine

Owners were notified of the recall in February. Audi dealers are installing a software update that will deactivate the coolant pump’s power supply if the pump becomes blocked with debris.

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