Audi has disclosed plans to recall no less than 70,000 cars to fix some brake problems. The announcement was made yesterday and will affect a variety of models sold globally, including the A4, A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, A5 Sportback, A6, A7 and the Q7 models built between March 2012 and December 2012. This recall only affects the models equipped with a six-cylinder 3.0-liter diesel engine.
According to an Audi spokesman, the brakes on all of these models will still work but there is a risk with the brake enhancing function from the booster to fail, thus creating the possibility of a potential leak in a membrane. In other words, the engine oil could enter the brake servo via the vacuum lines and make it rupture.
As a consequence, the stopping distance on these models affected by the brake problems could increase, thus increasing the risk of an accident. The good news is Audi says fixing the problem is very easy to do and it’s done rather quickly.
At the moment of writing, no accidents and/or injuries have been reported which are directly related to the above mentioned brake problems. Needless to say, all owners affected by the recall will receive a free of charge repair.