An issue with the mild-hybrid system fitted to affected vehicles may see them catch on fire.
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Audi Australia has issued a recall of 29 examples of its 2020 model-year A4 (pictured above), A5, A6 and A7 cars due to a fire hazard.

The issue affects 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine models fitted with mild-hybrid systems manufactured from May 2017 to March 2020.

The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says a gap in the housing of the vehicles’s start-alternator may allow moisture to enter the unit.

Moisture in the starter-alternator may cause it to overheat, increasing the chance of a fire which could cause injury to vehicle occupants and/or bystanders and damage to property, the recall says.

Audi Australia says it is not aware of any incidents involving local cars.

Above: Audi A6

The company says if a “smouldering smell” is present while driving, owners should park the vehicle outside as soon as possible and contact an Audi dealer. Owners are also asked to avoid washing the engine until the faulty part has been replaced.

The company is contacting owners to organise inspection and repair of the defect.

A full list of vehicle identification numbers of the 29 cars involved in the recall can be found here.

To check if your vehicle is affected, call 1800 502 834.


Above: Audi A7 Sportback