As the premium brand of Volkswagen, Audi has established a stellar worldwide reputation for design, workmanship and style. The four interlocked rings have become as much a symbol of quality and status as the famous jaguar or Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star.
Luxury brands, while a step above others in terms of design and style, are not immune from defects. As long as humans are building cars, problems will arise. Audi, for all of its grand reputation, Audi has had its share of issues. Here we will highlight a couple of recent recalls for vehicle defects.
Earlier this year, Audi announced a couple of recalls. One involves the cooling system on nearly 350,000 vehicles that own a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine under the hood. This major recall affects model years 2013 to 2017 (depending on the vehicle) for the A4, A5, A6, Allroad, A5 cabriolet and Q5 SUV.
While no injuries had been reported at the time of the recall, these particular engines had a fault in the cooling system in which debris would get inside the system and cause blockages. Those blockages would then allow the engine to overheat, causing an engine fire.
In a separate recall announced at the same time as the previous recall above, Audi announced a recall of about 234,000 Q5 vehicles from model years 2011 through 2017, because of faulty drainage from the sunroof.
How is this a safety issue? The drainage would send water into the area where the side air-bag inflators are located. Those inflators, when hit with water, could rupture, and send fragments into the cabin should the airbag be deployed in a crash.
In September of this year, Audi announced a recall of about 8,000 vehicles for a defect in engine-control software on 2017 and 2018 model year A3 cabriolets and sedans.
It is a small bug, but it could do serious damage. The software misinterprets the initial movement of the engine’s flywheel as “knocking,” which would then tell the software to shut down the engine. This bug appears in low-revolution (RPM) actions or during start-up. Low-RPM action could be when operating in cruise control on a highway, meaning an engine stall in that situation increases the risk of danger on the roads.
Your Rights are Not a Luxury
While you may have an Audi in your driveway to show that you have good taste in vehicles, the privilege of affording a luxury vehicle does not limit your deserving safe and reliable transportation as a privilege to be earned. When you buy a vehicle, you have a right to expect that it will perform as it is supposed to, and will keep you and your loved ones safe. If you have a defective car, you don’t have to be stuck; consult with one of our quality attorneys to ensure that you get the value you expect for the money you pay for your vehicle. Safety and reliability aren’t luxuries, so do not act like they are.