5 Audi recalls in 2018 – VIN lookup

In 2018, Audi announced 5 recalls that affected 6 of its models, according to the Rapex notifications. How to check your VIN for free to see if any of them is also relevant to your car?

A series of recalls started with an airbag issue in February with the Audi Q3 produced from September to November 2016.

Audi A3 made from March to August 2011 was recalled the next month due to the risk of the starter´s motor overheating.



In May, the Audi recalled the A4 and A5 models (10/2015 – 10/2017) because decorative aluminium strips on the lower part of the front or rear door trims may become partly detached.

From April to May 2018, the Audi Q5 could have been fitted with the pistons on the rear wheel brake calliper that may not work as required and was recalled for this in July.

The last recall in 2018 was announced by the German carmaker in October for the Audi R8 model, manufactured between June 2015 and October 2017. When driving on a racetrack combined with extreme riding manoeuvres, the R8‘s oil could leak onto the transmission breather. The car could end up smoking or even catch on fire.

* We’ve divided all the recalls according to the models into the table at the end of the article. 



How can you check the recalls by VIN?

Even if you do not find your car in the table below, it does not mean it was not the subject of a recall sometime in the past. The best way to verify whether a particular car is affected with some recall is to contact an Audi Authorized Service and ask for the VIN to be checked not only for recalls but also for various service bulletins.

It will only cost you time because such information is provided for free. Free of charge are also all the repairs that are related to the recall. It does not matter whether you are the first, second or even third owner. It does not even matter whether you have been to Audi authorized service regularly, occasionally or never before.

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If you wish to get fully comprehensive VIN lookup, with more than 80 data points about the history of the car, then we suggest going to HPI-Check, which provides information on a specific vehicle using also the vehicle registration number.


What is a VIN code?
The VIN code is a unique identification number that is embossed on the body of the car and shown on the ID card. In some cars, it can also be found in the frame under the windscreen. It is made up of a unique combination of 17 letters and numbers.


Audi 2018 recalls by model

Audi A3

Month Issue Production Source
III. The starter motor may overheat. 3/2011 – 7/2011 link
All A3 Recalls

Audi A4

Month Issue Production Source
V. Decorative aluminium strips on the lower part of the front or rear door trims may become partly detached. 10/2015 – 10/2017 link
All A4 Recalls

Audi A5

Month Issue Production Source
V. Decorative aluminium strips on the lower part of the front or rear door trims may become partly detached. 10/2015 – 10/2017 link
All A5 Recalls

Audi Q3

Month Issue Production Source
II. A welded joint in the gas generator of the front passenger airbag may be faulty. 9/2016 – 11/2016 link
All Q3 Recalls

Audi Q5

Month Issue Production Source
VII. The individual pistons on the rear wheel brake may not work as required. 4/2018 – 5/2018 link
All Q5 Recalls

Audi R8

Month Issue Production Source
X. The oil leak onto the transmission breather. 6/2015 – 10/2017 link
All R8 Recalls

All the unofficial data shown on car-recalls.eu is sourced from the Weekly overview reports of RAPEX notifications. We’ve only sorted that data and transferred it into a searchable manner. Feel free to visit and search more information at the official Rapex Page. Our service is completely free for each user. On-site ads help us partially cover our operating costs.


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