Audi is recalling more than 31,000 vehicles that were already recalled for a suspension problem last May because the fix may have caused the rear tires to wear unevenly, increasing the risk of a crash.
According to Consumer Reports, the recalled vehicles include several 2021 models including the Q7, Q8, Q5 Sportback, Allroad wagons, SQ5 Sportback SUVs, several sedan models, and 2019 through 2021 RS5 coupes.
How This Audi Recall Came About
The original problem with these vehicles involved a faulty nut in the rear axle assembly. As part of the recall repair process, dealerships should have inspected the alignment of the rear axle. However, the repair instructions provided by Audi did not tell dealerships to do so. As a result, the rear axle may be misaligned and the rear tires could wear prematurely. Drivers may also notice that the steering wheel is misaligned and/or the vehicle pulls to one side while braking or accelerating.
As consumers begin to be notified about this recall beginning March 25, Audi dealers will inspect the rear axle and adjust the alignment. They will also inspect and replace any prematurely worn tires at no cost to consumers. Audi will reimburse owners whose vehicles are included in this recall if they already paid for any related recall repairs. For more information, contact Audi at 800-253-2834.
Auto Product Liability Issues
This is an example of how one recall could lead to more issues if the automaker does not give proper repair instructions to dealers. In this case, the tires could wear unevenly. This could potentially lead to tire blowouts or tire failure in addition to other issues, which could lead to car accidents that could cause major injuries or even fatalities.
Automakers have a responsibility to manufacture vehicles that are safe for consumers. When there are safety issues with vehicles, manufacturers are required under the law to issue timely recalls and provide repairs free of cost to consumers.
If you or a loved one has been injured by these or other defective vehicles, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to provide victims and their families with more information about pursuing their legal rights.