Audi Recalls Over 288K Vehicles Over Engine Safety Issue

In mid-December 2021, Audi announced a safety recall on several of its vehicles over an engine issue. Audi Q5 SUVs, including Sportback and SQ5 models, appear to be susceptible to engines that suddenly enter an emergency mode and suffer reduced power. A simple spill can lead to dramatic engine issues, prompting the automaker to issue this recall. Here’s what Audi customers need to know about this recent recall and what steps they can take to obtain the replacement parts.

Understanding the Engine Issue

Any spill in the rear seat of an Audi Q5 vehicle may cause liquid to penetrate the gateway control module, resulting in the shutdown of the control module and a reduction in engine power. In some cases, heavy rain or driving through deep puddles may trigger the issue. When the engine enters the emergency mode, it remains operable but puts the vehicle at greater risk of a crash. Audi maintains that the brakes and steering capabilities will still be fully operable, even when the vehicle’s engine is in emergency mode.

Vehicles Impacted by This Safety Recall

The vehicles impacted by this safety recall include the 2018-2022 Audi Q5 and SQ5 and the 2021-2022 Audi Sportback and SQ5 Sportback. So far, a total of 288,991 vehicles have been affected by the recall. After discovering the issue, the manufacturer began implementing a protective cover. Any vehicles built after November 12, 2021, are not included in the recall. As of the announcement of the recall, Audi maintains that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

Next Steps for Audi Customers

Audi stated that it would begin notifying affected customers in late February 2022. Once notified, owners can take their vehicle to the dealership, where a protective cover for the gateway control module will be installed to protect the part from liquid spills. If necessary, the dealership may also seal a faulty underbody seam to prevent liquid from seeping down to the gateway control module. For now, Audi customers should be aware of this issue and do what they can to prevent spills in the vehicle.


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