The Washington Post

Audi recalls all-electric E-Tron SUVs

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Volkswagen luxury brand Audi is recalling its first allelectri­c vehicle because of the risk of a battery fire.

The company issued a voluntary recall of approximat­ely 540 E-Tron SUV models sold in the United States because of a risk that moisture can seep into the battery cell through a wiring harness glitch, spokesman Mark Dahncke said. The company isn’t aware of any fires or injuries because of the flaw, which affects a total of 1,644 models, he said.

The E-Tron, which went on sale in the United States in April, is Audi’s first fully electric car. Audi said there have been five instances globally in which a battery fault light turned on because of the moisture issue. It began contacting E-Tron owners in the United States last week, before a warning from federal safety regulators, and said it should have a repair available by August.

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