Some drivers are strict with the rules they have for passengers traveling with them. Those who want to keep their car clean often request that the occupants refrain from eating food or drinking liquids for fear of stains and other potential damage to the motor vehicle’s interior.
Those driving Audi Q5 SUVs face more serious consequences should a cup, bottle, or can filled with liquid tips over.
An increased likelihood of accidents
The motor vehicle manufacturer announced a recall of 288,991 of the Audi Q5 and SQ5 (model years 2018 – 2022) and Audi Q5 and SQ5 Sportback (model years 2021 – 2022). The simple act of spillage can cause the vehicle to go into emergency mode and reduce power. Apparently, the gateway control module is vulnerable to liquid, particularly if contact is made on the rear seat.
Audi also cites the possibility of a vehicle shutting down due to heavy rain or a driver navigating through deep water.
Contact with the module switches it off as a safety precaution. While the engine remains in operation and brakes and steering continue to work, the likelihood of a collision with another vehicle is more likely.
Models before a protective cover were added in mid-November and are included in the recall.
To date, the manufacturer has not received any reports of accidents or injuries. Formal notification will occur at the end of February. To determine eligibility, visit the NHTSA’s website and enter the vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN).