Volkswagen will call over 100,000 plug-in hybrid cars worldwide due to the risk of fire in the engine area. The event will affect VW, Audi, Seat and Škoda cars.
According to Reuters, a spokesman for the German car manufacturer confirmed the information, which was first brought to its website by the German daily Bild. Vehicles that combine a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric drive and charge via a socket are at risk of fire due to an insufficiently insulated high-voltage battery, the spokesman said. In Germany alone, according to the Federal Office for Motor Vehicles (KBA), there have already been 16 cases where this is exactly the situation.
In Germany, the carmaker will call for 40,000 cars. Among them will be, among others, models such as the Audi Q3, Škoda Octavia and VW Golf, says Bild.
Due to the risk of fire, Škoda Auto convenes 2,028 Octavia, Karoq, Kodiaq and Superb cars with 2.0 TSI evo petrol engines in the Czech Republic, which were manufactured from August 2020 to the present. Škoda Auto spokesman Pavel Jína said this.
The most called cars come from the parent brand VW, 58,100 of its Passat, Golf, Tiguan and Arteon vehicles worldwide will have to go into service. In the case of the Cupra, there are 30,467 cars, Škoda has to call 5636 cars to workshops worldwide. The Audi brand, which calls 6320 cars and Seat with 798 cars, turned out relatively well.
Bild warns that the owners of the affected cars will have to go to the workshops twice. At the first visit, their technicians will remove the defective cover so as to prevent the possible cause of the fire as soon as possible. They will then install the new one on the second visit, according to Bild, probably because the new components are not yet available.
The carmaker Škoda Auto then calls in service about 1,000 plug-in hybrid Superb, Octavia iV and Octavia RS iV in the Czech Republic. In extreme cases, the car may catch fire from the battery. However, Škoda does not register any such case yet, Škoda Auto spokesman Pavel Jína and Zbyněk Straškraba told ČTK today.
Roughly 300 of the 1,000 cars convened belong directly to Škoda Auto. “In an extreme case, if there was a short circuit in that battery, the fuse could fail, a discharge could occur and the car could burn out,” Straškraba told ČTK. According to the DPA agency, a fire in one Volkswagen Golf GTE car is still registered. In the service, an insulating pad will be installed in the cars.