2020: Audi recalls

19 recalls for 12 Audi models in 2020


In 2020, Audi announced 19 recalls involving 12 models through the EU Rapex system.

Audi announced its largest recall in May, affecting more than half a million mild-hybrid models A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q5. Moisture can penetrate the BSG (Belt-Driven Starter Generator), leading to a short circuit and overheating of the generator. Subsequent fires in the engine compartment are not excluded.

The Audi Q7, manufactured between the end of July and mid-November 2019, can also catch fire. A significant overheating may occur with the heating film used for the front camera on the windscreen after the ignition is switched on or at low temperatures. This may lead to a smouldering and increase the risk of the vehicle catching fire.

The Audi A8 and Q7 models had the most recalls (5) in 2020, while the Audi A4 and A6 models were recalled four times.

All the recalls sorted by models are listed in the tables below.



We’ve written about some problems in more detail in separate articles.


Audi recalls in 2020 by model

Audi A1

PublishedIssue
Audi A1 (2020)07. 06. 2020The rear, left-hand seat belt-lock holder might be damaged. Consequently, in the event of an accident, the lock might break, reducing ... .

All A1’s Recalls

Audi A4

PublishedIssue
Audi A4 (2020)16. 11. 2020The screw connection attaching the seat frame to the seat rail may not be correctly executed. As a result, it may ... .
Audi A4 (2017 – 2020)27. 10. 2020Moisture can penetrate into the belt starter generator (RSG – Riemen-Starter-Generator). This can result in a short circuit, leading to local ... .
Audi A4 (1997 – 1999)13. 06. 2020The ammonium nitrate propellant used in the airbag inflator may experience a material alteration over time due to degradation occurring after ... .

All A4’s Recalls

Audi A5

PublishedIssue
Audi A5 (2020)16. 11. 2020The screw connection attaching the seat frame to the seat rail may not be correctly executed. As a result, it may ... .
Audi A5 (2017 – 2020)27. 10. 2020Moisture can penetrate into the belt starter generator (RSG – Riemen-Starter-Generator). This can result in a short circuit, leading to local ... .

All A5’s Recalls

Audi A6

PublishedIssue
Audi A6 (2017 – 2020)27. 10. 2020Moisture can penetrate into the belt starter generator (RSG – Riemen-Starter-Generator). This can result in a short circuit, leading to local ... .
Audi A6 (1997 – 1999)13. 06. 2020The ammonium nitrate propellant used in the airbag inflator may experience a material alteration over time due to degradation occurring after ... .
Audi A6 (2019 – 2020)05. 05. 2020The middle part of the rear seatback can be inadvertently unlatched by an unsecured load in the boot in the event ... .

All A6’s Recalls

Audi A7

PublishedIssue
Audi A7 (2017 – 2020)27. 10. 2020Moisture can penetrate into the belt starter generator (RSG – Riemen-Starter-Generator). This can result in a short circuit, leading to local ... .

All A7’s Recalls

Audi A8

PublishedIssue
Audi A8 (2010 – 2018)28. 09. 2020The wire coil profile used in the radiator tank seal may be deformed due to the very variable temperatures within the ... .
Audi A8 (2019)15. 07. 2020An oil line in the automatic gearbox may have a manufacturing defect. Consequently, the oil may leak out onto the road, ... .
Audi A8 (1997 – 1999)13. 06. 2020The ammonium nitrate propellant used in the airbag inflator may experience a material alteration over time due to degradation occurring after ... .
Audi A8 (2019)11. 05. 2020The suspension forks on the rear axle may be defective. As a result, the tyres may come into contact with the ... .

All A8’s Recalls

Audi S8

PublishedIssue
Audi S8 (2010 – 2018)28. 09. 2020The wire coil profile used in the radiator tank seal may be deformed due to the very variable temperatures within the ... .

All S8’s Recalls

Audi Q3

PublishedIssue
Audi Q3 (2020)16. 11. 2020The screw connection attaching the seat frame to the seat rail may not be correctly executed. As a result, it may ... .
Audi Q3 (2019 – 2020)12. 06. 2020The breaking point for the release of the front passenger airbag in the console may not have been fabricated correctly. As ... .

All Q3’s Recalls

Audi Q5

PublishedIssue
Audi Q5 (2017 – 2020)27. 10. 2020Moisture can penetrate into the belt starter generator (RSG – Riemen-Starter-Generator). This can result in a short circuit, leading to local ... .
Audi Q5 (2020)13. 10. 2020Due to a manufacturing error, the adjustment mechanism on the backrest frame of the front seat may be faulty or incorrectly ... .

All Q5’s Recalls

Audi Q7

PublishedIssue
Audi Q7 (2019)15. 07. 2020An oil line in the automatic gearbox may have a manufacturing defect. Consequently, the oil may leak out onto the road, ... .
Audi Q7 (2019)30. 04. 2020The joint on the discharge nozzle of the gas generator for the curtain airbag might have been inappropriately welded. In the ... .
Audi Q7 (2015 – 2019)11. 04. 2020The screw connection between the steering shaft and the steering box may not have been tightened sufficiently and may loosen over ... .
Audi Q7 (2019)28. 03. 2020Possible defect in the locking mechanism on the front head restraints may cause them to unintentionally shift in height when placed ... .
Audi Q7 (2019)10. 01. 2020Due to the incompatibility of the control software with the heating film used for the front camera on the windscreen, significant ... .

All Q7’s Recalls

Audi Q8

PublishedIssue
Audi Q8 (2019)15. 07. 2020An oil line in the automatic gearbox may have a manufacturing defect. Consequently, the oil may leak out onto the road, ... .
Audi Q8 (2018 – 2019)11. 04. 2020The screw connection between the steering shaft and the steering box may not have been tightened sufficiently and may loosen over ... .

All Q8’s Recalls

Audi TT

PublishedIssue
Audi TT (1997 – 1999)13. 06. 2020The ammonium nitrate propellant used in the airbag inflator may experience a material alteration over time due to degradation occurring after ... .
Audi TT (2014 – 2019)11. 05. 2020A bracket mounted on the car body side can damage the fuel tank in the event of a crash. Consequently, fuel ... .

All TT’s Recalls


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