The Audi R8 Spyder from the 2011 and 2012 model years is currently being recalled by Volkswagen. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the fuel lines may be getting too cozy with the heat shield in the engine compartment.
The friction of the hoses rubbing against the shield could cause a leak. Due to the placement of the fuel lines, the leak is dangerously close to the ignition system, and vehicles that have this problem are at high risk of catching on fire.
Only 920 vehicles may be potentially affected by this issue, but drivers should contact Audi or the NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline to find out if their Audis are affected by the recall.
Automakers perform recalls when cars have a defect that was caused by the manufacturer, but that doesn't mean that vehicles will otherwise be perfect. Drivers who are currently looking to buy new or used cars with car loans should ask sellers for any maintenance and repair documentation. They can also have a mechanic inspect cars that they are considering to make sure there are no preexisting issues before any paperwork is signed.