Yes, all of them. Not only that, but all V8-powered A8 sedans from the D4 generation are also included in the recall affecting cars built for the United States and Canadian markets. The culprit seems to be the engine compartment seal that may become loose over time, and due to vibrations while the vehicle is being used, it might come in contact with hot engine parts. Audi claims there may be “rare cases” in which the engine compartment seal could become scorched, thus posing a fire risk in a worst-case scenario.
Audi USA was originally informed about the defect back in September 2019 after learning about a “thermal overload” issue around the engine compartment’s covers and seals on international A8 and S8 sedans. After in-depth testing through March this year, the engineers confirmed the issue with the engine cover seal not being in the original position after being deformed due to high temperatures.
The recall is scheduled to kick off September 4 when dealers across North America will install retaining plates on the affected cars to prevent the V8’s seals from loosening. In the United States, a total of 9,361 A8 sedans equipped with the 4.0-liter mill are included in the recall, along with 3,603 S8s. In Canada, Audi is recalling 458 A8s fitted with the V8 as well as 352 S8s. All 13,774 units affected by the recall were built during the 2013 to 2018 model years.
According to a document published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), owners of a 2013-2018 S8 or A8 with the 4.0-liter engine can check if the engine seal is in the correct position by simply opening the hood. If it’s not, they’re advised to get in touch with their Audi dealer as soon as possible to have the vehicle inspected and repaired.
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