Audi is recalling approximately 343,000 model-year 2012-2017 A4, A4 Allroad, A5, A6, and Q5 vehicles, all equipped with turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter engines. The automaker issued the recall due to an electric coolant pump that may become blocked with debris from the cooling system, causing it to overheat or short circuit from moisture in the pump.

The overheating pump can cause a fire under the hood of the vehicles.

This is the second round of recalls Audi has issued due to this problem. The first, in January 2017, applied software updates that would shut off the coolant pump if it began overheating. Owners had reported “smoldering” under the hood during 2015 and 2016, but the updates did not work.

It wasn’t until March 2018 that Audi finally determined that a full redesign and replacement of all the coolant pumps were necessary. The new pumps have a “pressure compensation element to avoid moisture accumulation.”

Audi began notifying owners in June 2018, although parts were not immediately available.

Owners should visit an Audi dealership to have the pump replaced at no charge.

If you believe your vehicle has an open recall, you may check NHTSA’s website. When directed, plug in your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number into the NHTSA website. If your number does not appear, your vehicle does not have any open recalls.

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