Audi Q5, SQ5 Sport Utility Vehicles Recalled Over Engine Snafu
Volkswagen is recalling nearly 300,000 Audi sport utility vehicles because of an engine defect that increases the risk of a crash, the carmaker recently told federal regulators.
The recall covers certain Q5 and SQ5 SUVs from model years 2021 and 2022, VW said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The engines in recalled cars could enter emergency mode with reduced power if someone spills a drink or the car is caught in a rainstorm, the company said.
“The vehicle remains steerable and the brake system is fully operable,” Volkswagen told NHTSA. “The engine goes into emergency mode and remains in operation with reduced power.”
“Unexpected reduced engine power may create an increased risk of an accident in certain driving situations,” Volkswagen added.
The company said it would begin notifying owners of recalled cars in late February. Audi will ask them to bring their vehicles to a local dealer to have a protective cover for the gateway control module installed.
Sadly, this is not the first time that VW has had to recall vehicles over serious safety risks.
Volkswagen announced last year that it was recalling some 150,000 Audi vehicles whose passenger airbags were defective. Roughly six months later, the company instructed local dealers to temporarily stop selling certain Taos crossover utility vehicles in response to reports that their engines were stopping abruptly and without warning.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Car Owners and Lessors
VW is not alone: Major auto manufacturers recall millions of vehicles per year, citing serious defects that put people’s safety at risk.
The good news for VW, Audi and other car owners in California is that the state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections when it comes to malfunctioning cars.
The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act generally requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also requires manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in some situations) cars that they cannot or will not fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, along with financing fees and other costs.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that a person must make before the buyback or replacement requirement kicks in. An experienced California lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of taking action.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. Our firm has a strong track record of successful results for people across the state fighting back against car manufacturers.
Our lawyers understand the significant stress that can come with haggling with car dealers and manufacturers. That is why we work aggressively to resolve these cases efficiently and effectively. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney.