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Some Audi Drivers May Not Know When They are Running out of Gas

» Posted April 20, 2022Resources | Share This Post

A recently discovered defect in certain Audi vehicles puts drivers in an unpleasant position. They may not know if they are running low on gas. 

Parent company Volkswagen is recalling some 46,000 Audis whose fuel gauges may be inaccurate, the company recently told federal regulators. Malfunctioning sensors are to blame for the problem, according to Volkswagen.

“The fuel level sender may get stuck on the ventilation pipe which will lead to a drop in the fuel level not being detected and therefore to an incorrect fuel level and remaining range being displayed in the instrument cluster,” Volkswagen said in a defect report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “This may cause the vehicle to run out of fuel even though the indicator shows that there is still fuel in the tank.”

The recall covers certain 2021 Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 sedans, 2020-2021 A6 Allroad wagons, S6 and S7 sedans, and 2019-2021 A6 and A7 sedans. The company said it has received at least 115 warranty claims from owners over the issue.

Volkswagen plans to notify the owners of recalled cars by mid-May, the company told NHTSA. It will ask owners to bring their vehicles in to a local dealer for inspection and repair, free of charge.

Other Audi Recalls

These kinds of recalls are all too common for Audi owners.

Volkswagen announced in January, for example, that it was recalling some 300,000 Audi sport utility vehicles because of an engine defect that the company said increases the risk of a crash. 

Last year, Volkswagen recalled some 150,000 Audi vehicles whose passenger airbags were defective. Roughly six months later, the company instructed local dealers to temporarily stop selling certain Taos crossover utility vehicles in response to reports that their engines were stopping abruptly and without warning.

How California’s Lemon Law Works

Audi and other car owners in California have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.

The law generally requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces them to buy back covered vehicles that they are not able or are unwilling to fix. A manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle, but it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.

An experienced San Diego lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and explore your options. The law requires manufacturers to pick up the tab for certain legal fees that owners incur while enforcing their rights.

Speak with a San Diego Lemon Law Attorney

If you are stuck with a lemon or locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over repairs, the San Diego lemon law attorneys at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. 

Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a San Diego lemon law attorney.


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