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Audi recalls nearly 600,000 vehicles over safety issues

Volkswagen recently confirmed the recall of more than 576,000 Audi vehicles because of safety concerns. Specifically, the recall involves two different issues: one related to engine fires and another linked to potentially faulty airbags.

According to a recent report published in Fortune, the first recall involves more than 342,000 vehicles in the United State alone, including the A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 SUV's with model years of 2013-2017. In certain vehicles, there is the risk that the coolant pump can become blocked by debris from the cooling system, which in turn can lead to overheating and fires.

This issue first came to light in 2015 and 2016 when Audi informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about instances of overheating and smoldering inside engines, which was related to blockage around the coolant pump.

The second recall involves more than 234,000 Q5 SUV's with model years of 2011-2017. The NHTSA reports that this vehicle's sunroof drainage system may allow water to soak into the foam surrounding the side airbag, thereby creating the risk of corrosion and sudden rupture. Even worse, if the airbag does deploy, there is the risk that fragments could be propelled throughout the vehicle, endangering the lives of passengers in the process. The problem is so serious that owners have been advised that passengers should not use the second row seats until the recall repair has been completed.

Owners of the impacted vehicles will likely receive notices of these recalls this month, with repairs to follow. Hopefully, innocent victims will be spared from further unnecessary risk of injury.

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