Audi has issued a recall for one of its coolest SUVs, the SQ5, the power-steering module can temporarily shut down, causing drivers to have a much more difficult time steering at low speeds, potentially causing a crash.”If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash,” reads the recall document. It has to do with the module shutting down while in very low ambient temperatures. This recall affects 5,600 SQ5 vehicles, from 2014 – 2015 model years.
Audi was first made aware of this back in February, when power-steering warranty complaints increased rapidly. Then, Transport Canada promted in inquiry in March, which led to an analysis of the issue. Audi then tested the vehicles in Sweden to try and replicate the problem. Audi has since issued a software update which fixes the module from shutting down in the event of low ambient temperatures.
This is a swift response by Audi, especially considering the downright illegal pace that General Motors took with its latest recalls. Audi found a potentially dangerous problem with one of its car models and immediately set out to test and fix the issue. This shows Audi’s dedication to its customers and willingness to stand behind its products. Good on you Audi.