If you live in South Korea and you own an Audi A8 4.2 TFSI, it’s likely that your car will be recalled sometime soon. According to the South Korean transport ministry, 1,534 Audi A8s will be recalled for stalling issues. So far, this is the first Audi of Korea is hearing about it and South Korea is the first country to issue the recall.
South Korea has already punished the Volkswagen Group heavily, following its famous diesel scandal. So this hurts the German Giant quite a bit, as it’s the second time within 12 months that it’s had issues. According to an Audi Korea spokeswoman, she is not aware of any plans to expand the recall past South Korea. However, it does seem as if Volkswagen and Audi will do so and expand to both Europe and the United States.
The issue apparently lies in a coolant control valve for the eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic gearbox. There’s an issue with the magnetic valve and it’s causing the car’s to stall. While this isn’t an issue in dense traffic, it could be a very serious issue at high speed, being that if the car stalls the driver loses power steering, power brakes and the steering wheel can even lock. That could be extremely dangerous at highway speed.
All Audi A8 4.2 models produced from June, 2010 and April, 2012 will be recalled.