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Audi A4, A5, A6, and Maserati Levante recalled

Audi Australia has called back 2252 vehicles across its A4, A5 and A6 model lines.
Robbie Wallis
Contributing Journalist
GoAutoMedia

30 May 2017 • 3 min read

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued safety recalls for the recently launched Maserati Levante SUV and several Audi models over engine faults.

Audi Australia has called back 2252 vehicles across its A4, A5 and A6 model lines, which specifically employ the 2.0-litre 'TFSI' turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit, and were built between 2011 and 2016.

If coolant containing foreign particles block the additional coolant pump in affected vehicles, it could cause the part to significantly overheat, potentially leading to a fire.

Owners of these models will be contacted by the German carmaker via mail, and instructed to arrange an inspection of the engine control unit (ECU) at their preferred Audi dealership.

The recalls follow those from Audi earlier this month.

Pending evaluation, a software update will be applied to the ECU, which modifies the activation and diagnosis of the additional coolant pump.

The recalls follow those from Audi earlier this month, which saw 9098 Q5s and 2191 A3s called back for unrelated issues.

Meanwhile, Maserati Australia has posted a safety notice for 73 units of its Levante, due to concerns with the SUV's 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 powerplant.

An issue was discovered with the short rubber hose section of the intercooler, which could become damaged whilst the vehicle is being driven, if the part is not in conformance.

In such a situation, the 'check engine' fault light activates, which helps warn owners of the problem. Furthermore, drivers may notice a decrease in performance.

Despite only launching in February this year, the Levante has already been called back by Maserati for an engine fault. Despite only launching in February this year, the Levante has already been called back by Maserati for an engine fault.

The Italian manufacturer will notify affected vehicle owners directly, and request that they organise an evaluation of their Levante at a nearby Maserati dealership.

Having just launched in February this year, the Levante has already proven to be a runaway sales success for Maserati, with Australian sales for the brand jumping by 49.5 per cent year-on-year.

As reported last week, the SUV range will expand later this year when petrol-powered S variants arrive, with a Ferrari-sourced 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 under the bonnet.

Vehicle owners looking for additional information on the any recalls can search the ACCC’s Product Safety Australia website.

BMW of North America has recalled 45,484 examples its 7 Series – manufactured between 2005 and 2008 – over a problem that saw doors unexpectedly flying open.

However, the company's local arm has confirmed that no Australian vehicles have been impacted by this issue.

Vehicle owners looking for additional information on the any recalls – including a list of affected Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) – can search the ACCC’s Product Safety Australia website.

Has your vehicle been caught up in one of the recalls from this year? Tell us in the comments below.