Audi Australia P/L—A1 (8X), A3 (8P), A3 (8V) & TT (8J)
What are the defects?
On Audi A1, A3 and TT model vehicles with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) manufactured within a specific period, conductive deposits may form in the gearbox control unit (due to electrolysis). These accumulations settle between the conductor paths of the electronics in the form of conductive particles and can therefore cause an electrical short circuit and the gearbox fuse could blow. Should this happen, the clutch will fully open due to power supply failure, causing the vehicle to roll to a stop if in motion.
What are the hazards?
In the majority of cases, the fault occurs when the engine is started with the vehicle stationary. If the fuse blows while the vehicle is in motion a sudden loss of power at the wheels may occur. This may pose a hazard to the vehicle occupants and other road users. All other functions of the vehicle (steering, braking, etc.) remain fully active.
What should consumers do?
A letter is being sent to affected consumers. Appropriate Instructions by way of Service Bulletin covering this recall are being issued to all Audi dealers in Australia. For further information contact your local Audi dealership.
Authorised Audi dealerships
Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development is the responsible regulator for this recall.