Audi is recalling about 288,991 Q5 SUVs including Sportback and SQ5 versions because of an engine shutdown danger. The engine could shut down or go into emergency mode with reduced power if someone spills a drink or if the car is caught in a rainstorm.
According to Consumer Reports, this problem was traced back to a control module inside the SUV that is vulnerable to liquid with the most common scenario being a spill on the rear seat. Audi also says the problem could occur in some cases during heavy rain or when driving through deep water.
What the Engine Shut Down Recall Entails
If water or some other liquid enters the module, it could switch off as a safety precaution causing the engine shutdown, or for the vehicle to go into an emergency mode. While it will still remain operable, Audi says this could create an increased risk of a crash. The brakes and steering will remain fully operable. A protective cover was introduced in production to resolve this issue on Nov. 12. Any models built after that date are not included in this recall.
Audi says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries connected to this engine shutdown vehicle defect. Owners are scheduled to be notified in late February. When the recall begins, Audi dealerships will install a protective cover for the gateway control module, which will protect this part from any liquid spills. The dealership will also seal an insufficient underbody seam on vehicles produced through the end of August 2021. Audi will not offer a reimbursement program under this recall. Anyone with questions is asked to contact Audi’s customer service department at 1-800-253-2834.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Auto defects typically stem from two problems – problems that occur during the manufacturing process and issues related to the vehicle’s design. Whether your injury was caused by a manufacturing or design defect, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses if a vehicle defect has caused your accident and/or injuries.
In cases such as this Audi engine shutdown issue, you may be able to file an auto product liability lawsuit against the automaker, parts supplier, or other responsible parties, seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If you have lost a loved one due to an auto defect, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for your losses as well. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to provide you with more information about your legal rights and options.