Anyone who raised kids will tell you that back seats are never the same after a child cycles through them. The backseat is a moving playpen regardless of the child getting strapped into their seat. It means there are toys everywhere, smudges, food, and stains from juice spills. Owners of the Audi Q5 may want to take notice because the auto manufacturer recalled nearly 300,000 vehicles. The models involved are:
- 2018-2022 Q5 and SQ5
- 2021-2022 Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback
The improbable defect involves getting the back seat of this vehicle wet, which could lead to a sudden loss of engine power. An engine control computer known as the Gateway Control Module (GCM) sits under the rear seat of these SUVs. If a spilled beverage gets GCM wet, the auto switches into failsafe mode, which drastically reduces the engine’s horsepower to something called “limp mode.” There have been a few cases where spills have led to the control module going to this safe mode. It is also a problem if drivers take in water while driving through a deep puddle or perhaps driving through heavy rain.
Blame the robot
According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Audi improperly programmed its “glue bead robot” on the assembly line in a Mexican factory, which poorly sealed some underbody seams. Audi dealers will add a waterproof cover to the top of the computer, and they will also reseal the underbody to avoid the ingress of water.
Whether this happens in bad weather or when a passenger in the back seat spills, the timing of limp mode could put the driver and other occupants in real danger. Those who experience this problem may want to contact a lemon law attorney, particularly if the problem persists or it caused injuries.