NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2000 Audi A6

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2000 Audi A6, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. DRIVERS SIDE DASHBOARD FIRE NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE03035

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 25, 2003
    • Date Closed: November 25, 2003
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System
    Electrical System:Fuses And Circuit Breakers
    Electrical System:Wiring
    Electrical System:Wiring:Interior/Under Dash

    Summary: Of the 22 total complaints, 11 were received for the 1999 model year and 11 for the 2000 model year. Audi is conducting testing to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE03035 »

  2. DRIVER'S SIDE DASH FIRE NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ06003

    Component(s): Electrical System
    Electrical System:Wiring:Interior/Under Dash

    Summary: Volkswagen of America, Inc. (voa) conducted a safety recall (NHTSA recall number 04V133) to add a plastic cover to the top section of the knee bolster crossmember to prevent contact with the headlight switch wiring harness.the scope of the original recall covered model years 1998 through 2004 with vehicle production dates of August 1997 through December 2004.the Office Of Defects Investigation has received nine complaints alleging that after having the recall remedy performed, a fire started in the driver's side dashboard area.voa reports that if the plastic cover is not installed properly by the dealers, the headlight switch wiring harness could continue to contact the crossmember, resulting in a short and/or fire in the driver's side dashboard area.voa will conduct a new safety recall to add an additional (and larger) cover over both the knee bolster crossmember and the plastic cover assembly installed in the first recall.all of the NHTSA complaints and all but 3 voa claims are for MY 1998 through MY 2000.voa reports that beginning in MY 2001, Audi extended the time for the deburring process of the crossmember.voa was not able to verify the cause of fire in the MY 2001 and later vehicles due to either extensive fire damage or other reason.the rate of fire occurrence is significantly less for the MY 2001 and later vehicles. The recall covers model years 1998 through 2000 with vehicle production dates of August 1997 through May 2000.voa will recall 66358 MY 1998-2000 Audi A6, A6 avant, S6, and S6 avant vehicles.ODI is aware of a total of 59 warranty, field and consumer reports for these vehicles.the recall is identified by NHTSA number 06V-198.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #RQ06003 »

  3. DRIVERS SIDE DASH FIRE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA03025

    Component(s): Electrical System
    Electrical System:Fuses And Circuit Breakers
    Electrical System:Wiring
    Electrical System:Wiring:Front Underhood
    Electrical System:Wiring:Interior/Under Dash

    Summary: The subject vehicles are equipped with a knee bolster located under the dash, near the drivers knees.a wiring harness is also located in the dash, in that same area.Audi's analysis of 39 vehicles indicated that the knee bolster was rubbing against that wiring harness.over time the harness sheathing wears away and the wires come into contact with the metal knee bolster, resulting in a fire. Audi will conduct a safety recall on an expanded scope of Audi A6 vehicles, to add a plastic cap to the top of the knee bolster bracket, which will prevent abrasion to the wiring harness. Audi will recall 186,000 MY 1998-2004 Audi A6 vehicles.ODI is aware of a total of 24 warranty, field and consumer reports for these vehicles.the recall is identified by NHTSA number 04V-133.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA03025 »

  4. BRAKE AND CLUTCH PEDAL BRACKET NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02008

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 23, 2002
    • Date Closed: July 12, 2002
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary:

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02008 »

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