Not to be alarmed, this recall is very small and isn’t immediately dangerous. In fact, it may not be dangerous at all, but the recall will insure absolute safety. Apparently, certain 2017 Audi Q7 models will be recalled over a human error in assembling the power steering unit.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) only eight Audi Q7 models left the factory with a faulty power steering assembly. In fact, it wasn’t even an error from Audi, but with on of its suppliers.
Continental, the supplier of Audi’s electric power steering system, made an error in assembling the unit. The error occurred at Continental’s Budapest plant and only affects eight models. Apparently a silicon gel is supposed to cover the circuit board for the ECU of the system, keeping it protected from an dust, particles or contaminants could get on it otherwise, causing failure. The silicon gel is made up of two different compounds that dispense from two separate dispensers. The one is the gel and the other is a hardening substance, so that the gel immediately hardens, thus lasting the lifetime of the car.
Well, both dispensers were filled with the same compound, lacking the hardening compound, so the gel won’t work properly, allowing particles to get onto the ECU. Admittedly, this likely won’t cause any immediate issue, but Audi is recalling the few models that are equipped with these faulty systems. The system will be replaced with a correct one and all will be good. Audi will notify the owners of the vehicles and give them a schedule for their recall.