Audi has issued a recall of over 50,000 cars produced between 2019 and 2022 over an unprotected control module hidden under the rear seats that could, when in contact with liquid, cut engine power and increase the risk of a crash.
The recall includes the 2019-2022 A6 and A7; the 2020-2022 A6 Allroad, the 2020-2022 S6 and S7; and, most importantly for the R&T crowd, the 2021-2022 RS 6 Avant and RS 7. According to an NHTSA report filed by Audi on November 21, the cars weren't produced with a protective cover for the control module, which sits under the middle rear seat.
The report says that if liquid spills on the rear seats it could trickle down and enter the gateway control module and set off a host of "various internal errors due to short circuits." The module is programmed to switch itself off if this occurs, sending the engine into an emergency mode with reduced power. Audi says the steering and brake system are still operable if this happens.
Audi's solution, unsurprisingly, is to install a protective cover for the module at dealerships free of charge. The company will begin to offer the fix starting on or before January 20, 2023. If you think your car falls under this recall, be sure to head over to the NHTSA's site and run your VIN.
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