Volkswagen Group of America (VW) will recall almost 2,000 Audi vehicles after discovering a potentially dangerous transmission fluid leak.
The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Sept. 17, 2018 they will recall 1,916 2017-2018 Audi R8 Spyder and 2017-2018 Audi R8 Coupe vehicles built between Dec. 7, 2015 and Nov. 17, 2017.
The affected vehicles contain gearbox ventilation hoses that can let transmission fluid expand and foam up beyond expected volumes inside the gearbox’s ventilation system. Transmission fluid can leak out of the hose, contact hot engine parts and potentially catch fire.
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Volkswagen’s recall chronology states the company received fire reports from race tracks in May 2018. Initial reports showed the fires occurred when driving in race conditions (high oil temperatures, high transmission input speed, extreme lateral acceleration). Engineers investigated the problem and isolated the gearbox ventilation hose as the problem’s root cause. The company decided on Sept. 10, 2018 to conduct a safety recall.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the single gearbox ventilation hose with a double ventilation hose, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 31, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 34J1. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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