Audi Australia has issued a recall for 10,373 examples of its A1, A3 and TT sports coupe due to potentially faulty seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions that were previously dismissed as not requiring repairs.
Audi says the vehicles were included in a previous recall for the same issue that was lodged on 20 October 2019.
However, due to an updated assessment criteria in the new recall, vehicles that were previously inspected and deemed to not need repair may now require replacement parts.
The recall notice lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the defect relates to a faulty pressure accumulator fitted inside the transmission that may be susceptible to cracking.
Audi says if the pressure accumulator – a part necessary for proper engagement of the transmission’s clutches – cracks, hydraulic pressure may be reduced inside the gearbox, resulting in interrupted function and a loss of drive to the wheels.
Above: 2015 Audi A1
In the ACCC lodgement Audi compares the lack of function to “depressing the clutch in a vehicle fitted with a manual transmission”.
The brand says a loss of function in the transmission – such as a sudden loss of speed – may increase the risk of an accident or injury to vehicle occupants and other road users.
CarAdvice has contacted Audi Australia regarding any known failures or incidents on Australian delivered cars and will update this story with the response.
Audi Australia is contacting all known owners of affected vehicles for inspection and repair of the faulty part.
A full list of the vehicle identification numbers of the 10,373 affected vehicles can be found here .
To check if your vehicle is affected, please contact Audi Australia on 1800 502 834.