Audi recalls e-tron GT, RS GT over battery short, fire fears

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Audi has recalled hundreds of vehicles from its e-tron series because of concerns that a short circuit could occur and thus cause the battery to catch fire.

The recall, issued earlier this week, affects 369 vehicles, e-tron GTs and RS GTs, from 2020 to 2024.

“Due to a manufacturing defect, the cell modules installed in the high-voltage battery may be defective,” the statement said.

“A short circuit can lead to thermal overload and, over time, cause a vehicle fire. An initial inspection can identify the possible defect.”

The e-tron was launched at the end of 2018 as Audi’s first fully electric vehicle.

A brand new e-tron GT starts at $160,922, and there is an additional luxury vehicle tax of $22,977, according to Audi’s website.

An RS e-tron GT starts at $213,768 and is subject to a luxury vehicle tax of nearly $40,000.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Audi Australia and asked to arrange an appointment to have the battery checked.

If a defect is discovered during the inspection, Audi will repair the vehicle free of charge.

For safety reasons, owners are “strongly” advised not to charge the battery above 80 percent until their vehicle has been inspected.

“This will minimize the potential risk described above and also protect the battery,” the recall notice states.

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