Audi has issued a recall for 1,534 units of the A8 sedans in South Korea due engine stalling issues.
The Transport Ministry said Korea is the first country where Audi was recalling the A8 model for such an issue. Audi is recalling the A8 4.2 FSI Quattro over a coolant leaking problem that can cause the car's engine to stop while driving.
The Transport Ministry ordered for an investigation about the coolant leak in the Audi cars, back in June 2014 following reports from owners. The government confirmed the coolant leak, which enters the Engine Control Unit (ECU) connector, causing a short circuit, thus causing the engine to stall.
After the company's own investigations, Audi Korea issued a technical service announcement to fix the defect free of cost.
Audi is arguing that the problem has not created any serious safety concerns as the short circuit in the ECU activated a dashboard warning signal that gave drivers up to two minutes to safely bring the car to a halt.
The Ministry ensured that the problem in the vehicle is a serious manufacturing fault and created safety concerns. As a result, Audi Korea has issued a recall after deciding with its German headquarters.
The recall has affected 1,534 Audi A8s and the services will be available at Audi service centres. There is no details if cars in other countries are affected too.