Cold Weather Can Lead to Power Steering Failure in Audi

Cold Weather Can Lead to Power Steering Failure in Audi
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July 28, 2015

It's a defect that's unlikely to cause you any strife in the heat of the summer, but Audi owners should take note.

Volkswagen Group of America, the parent company of Audi, is issuing a recall for certain model year 2014-2015 Audi SQ5 vehicles. The affected vehicles have an electric power steering assist system that can shut down in cold temperatures due to a steering motor sensor fault. If a vehicle loses power steering assist, the user's calibration for how much steering is required will be faulty, increasing the risk of a crash. Volkswagen is recalling about 5,600 vehicles.

The defect was first reported to the manufacturer in February 2015. Testing and field data analysis was conducted from March to June of this year in Sweden, with a report being delivered the Audi product safety committee. On July 10, 2015, the committee determined that a safety defect exists and decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

Volkswagen is expected to begin notifying owners of the recall on July 28, 2015. Dealers will update the power steering module software, free of charge. Owners may contact customer service at (800) 253-2834.