According to an online news article posted on news.com.au, Audi has initiated a recall of approximately 20,000 Q5 SUVs due to a serious safety flaw. The affected vehicles include its Q5 luxury SUV manufactured between 2016 and 2021. The recall announcement states that there could be safety issues concerning the vehicle’s electronic control unit (ECU).
The news report states that the fault can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents. According to Audi, the electronic control unit can become damaged when liquids are spilled on the rear seat and percolates through the seat. If the ECU becomes damaged, several vital vehicle functions can be affected, increasing the risk of an accident with serious injury or death to the vehicle’s occupants or other motorists. Also, when the ECU is damaged, there can be a loss of engine power when the SUV goes into emergency running mode. Drivers of the affected SUVs might also experience power steering failure making the SUV more challenging to steer. The recall states that the ECU also controls the gearbox, and damage to the ECU can cause the transmission to stop power flow to the wheels.
Audi is asking owners to contact their local Audi dealership to schedule a free inspection and repair.
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