The latest announcements regarding auto and motorcycle recalls should not be ignored by consumers across Washington state. Why? Because both campaigns are associated with crash risks.
According to a series of news reports, Audi has launched a recall campaign that impacts about 600,000 vehicles nationwide. The company decided to launch this recall after learning that the vehicles’ coolant pumps could become blocked, increasing the risk of a possible fire. The airbag inflators may also be corroded, spraying shrapnel into the cabin. Both scenarios could expose the driver and his passengers to serious and potentially deadly risks.
Vehicles impacted include the 2013 through 2017 of the A5 coupe, A4 Cabriolet, and Q5 SUVs that were fitted with the 2.0 TFSI engines. Because the turbocharged engines were fitted with electric cooling pumps that could be susceptible to getting blocked by debris, the recall was deemed necessary. If that occurs and nothing is done to correct the problem, there might be an overheating problem that would result in a fire. Audi has announced that the coolant pump’s software will be updated so that the power supply is shut off if the component becomes blocked by debris. Impacted vehicle owners will be contacted after February 20.
The second recall campaign involves motorcycles that may expose drivers to crash risks. According to the official announcement, Triumph has recalled all units of the 2016 and 2017 Bonneville T120 models.
These units come with heated grips that could warm the rider’s hands, making it more likely for the rider to crash. The company behind this recall, Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD has announced that the units impacted by this recall may have been fitted with heated hand grips that could expand, causing the throttle to stick open as well. If that occurs, the rider may be exposed to a higher risk of crash.
Once Triumph contacts all impacted motorcycle owners, dealers will install a spacer in order to prevent the throttle from sticking. The installation will be entirely free of charge. The company has announced that, beginning February 20th, impacted vehicle owners will be contacted. Then, they will be able to reach out to dealers to schedule a visit to have their vehicles repaired. If you’re concerned about your safety and you believe you should reach out for help earlier, contact the manufacturer right away. Schedule a visit and have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible.
Whether you own an Audi or a Triumph motorcycle, avoid waiting long periods of time before having your vehicle repaired. Washington drivers must keep in mind they must be safe drivers by paying attention to the road but by also making sure their vehicles are functioning properly, which will help them to avoid crash factors sparked by equipment failure.