VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat: More than 111,000 cars at risk of fire

Inadequate fastening of the engine cover can lead to contact with hot parts and, consequently, fire for more than 111,000 VW, Audi, Skoda, and Seat vehicles.

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has been issuing warnings several days ago. According to its own information, the authority is aware of 16 cases of damage.

The recall applies to owners of a VW Golf, Passat, Tiguan, T-Roc and Arteon, Audi Q3 and Audi TT, Cupra Ateca, Cupra Formentor and Cupra Leon, as well as Seat Tarraco of the 2020 to 2022 model years. Also affected, but not yet listed in the KBA database (*), are the Skoda Octavia, Superb, Karoq, and Kodiaq. A spokesperson for Skoda Auto Deutschland GmbH confirmed this to kfz-rueckrufe.de. A statement from Škoda Auto Czech Republic in response to our question can be found at the end of the article.

Due to current production capacity constraints, replacing the cover with a new one is not possible. Therefore, the cover will only be removed during the first service visit in a few minutes. A second service visit will be required to retrofit it as soon as the authorised partner delivers the modified cover. The internal recall codes for each brand are as follows: “10H5” (VW), “10H6” (Skoda), “10H7” (Seat/Cupra) and “10H8” (Audi).

Worldwide, more than 111,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles are affected by the recall. Just over half of these (58,100) are Wolfsburg models, of which 32,000 are registered in Germany, according to the KBA. The global figures for Seat/Cupra and Audi are 30,467 and 6,320, respectively. A spokesman for Skoda Auto Deutschland put the total number of vehicles at 15,636, of which more than 5,100 are on German roads.

Skoda with 2.0 TSI evo engines only

Car-Recalls.eu asked Pavel Jina, Spokesperson & PR Manager at SKODA AUTO Czech Republic, for his statement, and here is the answer:

Skoda Auto is recalling customers with Skoda Octavia, Skoda Karoq, Skoda Kodiaq and Skoda Superb vehicles equipped with 2.0 TSI evo engines, manufactured from August 2020 to the present, to its authorised service centres. In certain circumstances, the engine cover may become loose and move closer to hot engine parts, which can cause thermal deformation and, in extreme cases, a fire in the engine compartment.

The service technician will remove the cover during the operation. Due to current production capacity constraints, replacing the cover with a new one is not possible. As soon as the authorised partner delivers the engine cover, the customer is contacted and invited to retrofit it.

* Update: As of today (30.03.2022) Škoda Octavia, Superb and Kodiaq are also listed in the KBA recall (reference number 011737)

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Source: kfz-rueckrufe.de

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