Technology is undoubtedly great… when it works. Some Audi owners of recent cars have learned that the hard way as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling nearly all cars built during the 2022 model year as well as several 2021MY vehicles. That sounds more dramatic than it actually is taking into account the recall impacts an estimated number of 2,857 vehicles in the United States.
What seems to be the culprit prompting NHTSA’s recall? The rearview camera. Specifically, there’s a software error preventing the camera from showing the feed into the infotainment’s display when the vehicle is shifting into reverse. Because this problem means the cars no longer comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 111, “Rear Visibility,” Audi has no other way but to recall them.
The remedy is quite simple as all that has to be done is to update the software of the MMI infotainment system. Audi will be sending out notification letters to owners of affected cars by December 17, 2021.
Needless to say, the software fix will be free of charge. Sadly, the update can’t be pushed through an over-the-air update, so owners will have to schedule an appointment with their local Audi dealer to have the rearview camera up and running again.
Attached below is the list with all 2021 and 2022 Audi models potentially affected by the buggy camera:
2021 A8 and S8
2022 A3 and S3 Sedan
2022 A4 Sedan
2022 A5 Sportback and S5 Sportback
2022 Q5 and Q5 Sportback
2022 Q7 and SQ7
2022 Q8, SQ8, and RS Q8
2022 E-Tron GT
As you can see, owners of the A6 midsize sedan/wagon and naturally aspirated R8 supercar have dodged the proverbial bullet, and the same can be said about those who drive the E-Tron / E-Tron Sportback. Another notable omission from the recall list would have to be the smaller TT sports car with all of its derivatives.