October 29, 1999
Audi of America, Inc. Recalls Certain Year 2000 Model TT Coupes
Auburn Hills, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Audi of America, Inc.
today announced it is voluntarily recalling its year 2000 model TT coupe because of
reports from some customers expressing concern about the handling characteristics of their
vehicles in certain situations at speeds substantially in excess of legal speed limits in
the United States and Canada.
Approximately 3,800 vehicles in the United States
and 25 vehicles in Canada are affected. This action is being implemented following reports
Audi AG has received.
The Audi TT is a widely acclaimed sports car with
highly agile handling. As with all sports cars, the Audi TT is designed to be very
responsive to steering input. In sharp high speed turns or abrupt lane change maneuvers at
speeds substantially above posted U.S. and Canadian speed limits, and depending upon road
conditions, precise steering response may be demanded to retain directional stability. In
the event vehicle control is lost, an accident may occur which could result in injury.
In order to enhance the Audi TT's handling under
conditions like those described above, Audi will replace the front stabilizers in
front-wheel drive Audi TTs, and the front and rear stabilizers in Audi TTs equipped with
quattro all-wheel drive. A modified control arm will be installed in front together with
firmer shock absorbers in front and rear. In addition, a rear spoiler will be installed.
With the modified suspension settings and the rear spoiler, the TT will retain its
satisfying agility, while the limits of stability will be spread over a broader range.
TT owners will be notified by mail in the near
future. They will be asked to contact their authorized Audi dealer to have the
modifications made at no cost. The necessary parts and repair instructions will be
available at Audi dealers on or about January 15, 2000, with the exception of the spoiler,
which will be available at Audi dealers on or about February 15, 2000.
Audi always recommends that owners obey all
traffic laws, driving at speeds which are reasonable and prudent given road conditions,
weather, and always within the posted speed limits.
Customers with questions are welcome to phone Audi
Customer Relations toll free at 1-800-822-2834.
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