Audi SUV recalled due to risk of water entering the computer

FILE – This file photo from March 14, 2019 shows the logo of German automaker Audi at a press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. Volkswagen is recalling nearly 107,000 older vehicles sold in the United States by its luxury brand Audi, because the Takata driver’s airbag inflators could project shrapnel in a crash. The vehicles could be fitted with one of the 1.4 million airbag inflators recalled by Takata in December 2019 (AP Photo / Matthias Schrader, File)

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen luxury brand Audi is recalling 289,000 SUVs in the United States because water can enter a control computer under the rear seats.

The recall covers certain 2021 and 2022 Q5 and SQ5 Sportback models and certain 2018 to 2022 Q5 and SQ5 models.

The company says in documents released by U.S. safety regulators that water can enter the computer through liquid spilled in the backseat or through a leaky body seam.

This can cause the computer to shut down and reduce engine power, increasing the risk of an accident. VW says he is not aware of any accidents or injuries.

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Dealers will install a cover to protect computers and seal a seam in the underbody at no cost to owners, who will be notified starting February 24.

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