Fire risk prompts UK recall of 10,000 Volkswagen Group hybrid cars

Insufficiently insulated high-voltage battery linked to 16 incidents involving fires

Fire risk prompts UK recall of 10,000 Volkswagen Group hybrid cars

Around 10,000 Audi, VW, Cupra Seat and Skoda plug-in hybrids (PHEV) are being recalled over concerns about a fire risk.

It’s part of a global recall which totals more 100,000 PHEVs produced by the carmaker.

An insufficiently insulated high-voltage battery is reported to be the cause of the problem.

Germany’s road vehicle authority, KBA, has linked the issue to reports of 16 incidents involving fires.

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In a statement, a spokesperson for Volkswagen UK said: “As part of our longstanding process of monitoring of vehicles in service, Volkswagen has found that a fuse in the drive system of some plug-in hybrid vehicles may have defects in individual cases.

“In rare cases, this could lead to this fuse not working correctly in a case of overvoltage.

“Therefore, as part of a recall, an insulating mat is installed as a precaution.”

In the UK 3,656 Audi vehicles, 2,347 Cupra and Seat models, 2,018 Skodas and 1,868 Volkswagen vehicles will be the subject of the recall.


  1. Seems that it’s not just the diesels that smoke.

    • 😂😂

    • brad that made me smile. great stuff.

  2. Seat are a joke, only way i am getting it done is telling the lease company i wont drive the car as it puts my family and me at risk.

  3. I believe that even insurance companies are now struggling, when it comes to insuring Electric vehicles.


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