A water leak may lead to a fire, says Audi.
***UPDATE: Audi has released a formal statement on the recall. We've posted it directly below in its entirety:
Audi of America takes the safety of its customers and the quality of our vehicles very seriously. In order to ensure the highest levels of safety and quality for our customers, we have issued a voluntary recall affecting approximately 540 e-
tron vehicles that have been delivered to customers and 1,644 in total. The recall is in response to a potentially faulty seal that may allow moisture to enter the battery compartment which coul d lead to a short circuit or in extreme cases to a thermal event. We are applying an abundance of caution as no such incidents have been reported globally. The recall repair is expected to become available in August 2019.
Customers are being contacted directly to inform them of the recall and our dealer network is fully engaged to deliver the best customer service possible. We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers and reservation holders as we work with all parties toward a positive outcome in the weeks ahead. Audi e-tron vehicles unaffected by the recall remain available for delivery and our reservation system remains open to receive customer reservations.
We are also offering customers a service loaner, $800 cash card, complimentary Audi Care (or reimbursement) and dedicated customer service contact.
We've now heard several reports verifying the following situation:
It turns out that water can get into the high-voltage charging port of affected vehicles, making its way to the high voltage electronics and potentially leading to a battery fire.
We're glad that Audi is being pro-active here, but testing should have found this potential problem. it seems most, if not all, Audi e-trons will at least be inspected for this potential problem.