Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Jitendra Singh
382 units of Q7 recalled by Audi India
Audi India, a subsidiary of German luxury carmaker Audi AG, has recalled 382 units of its flagship sports utility vehicle (SUV) Q7 over brake system flaw. The company said the recall is part of a global exercise under which it has called back about 70,000 units of A4, A5, A6 and A7 sedans and SUV models Q5 and Q7 to replace the vacuum line in the brake system. In India, Q7 SUVs with 3.0 litre TDI diesel engines manufactured between March and December 2012 will be part of the recall, the company said. Audi has sold more than 5,000 units of Q7 in India so far. "Our dealers will get in touch with 382 Audi Q7 customers across India," the company said in response to a questionnaire sent by ET.
"They will arrange for an appointment at their workshop for vacuum line replacement. The process will take approximately half-an-hour and will be carried out free of charge." Audi said it launched the service campaign on September 25 and has so far replaced faulty parts in 197 Q7 units. The company said a defective vacuum line may allow the engine oil to enter the brake system, which can damage the diaphragm in the brake and affect its efficiency. The brakes would still work but require a lot more pressure on the pedal. Audi said the technical issue of the brake is limited to the 3.0 litre diesel engine of Q7 and does not affect other diesel or petrol variants.
To resolve the problem, Audi dealers will inspect the vacuum line with the non-return valve for possible leakage of engine oil and replace the vacuum line in case any leakage is detected. Dealers will also inspect the brake booster system for oil contamination. If there is oil contamination, additional components may be replaced. Audi had issued a recall following the voluntary recall code notified by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. As per initial data, more than seven lakh passenger vehicles have been recalled in India on various technical and safety issues since July 2012, involving manufacturers such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motors, Honda Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota, Ford and General Motors.
Courtesy: Economic Times