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2014 - 2015 Audi SQ5 recalled for potential steering failure

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On: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 11:50AM | By: Teddy Field

2014 - 2015 Audi SQ5 recalled for potential steering failure

The 354hp Audi SQ5 is a hot little SUV. It offers lots of style, lots of luxury, and lots of supercharged performance. But they've discovered that its electric power steering system could fail, which could be really bad if you're driving it they way it was intended (See: Quickly).

The Audi SQ5 is a hotrod version of the midsize Q5 crossover. It gets a supercharged 3.0L V6 that cranks out 354hp and 347 lb-ft of torque... which is enough to launch this 4,400 lb soft-roader to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. To keep all that Germanic rage in check, the SQ5 gets bigger brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and driver selectable settings for the throttle response, shift points, and steering feel. But if that adjustable electric system fails, you'll be left with the (difficult to manage) manual backup system, which could cause some drivers to crash.

The problem stems from a fault in the programing of the steering motor sensor, which could cause the electric assist to shut off in cold weather. 5,625 copies of the 2014-2015 Audi SQ5 are affected, and Audi dealers will reprogram the power steering control module to fix the problem. So far, no accidents have been reported.

Report Receipt Date: JUL 20, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V452000
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,625

Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Audi SQ5 vehicles manufactured May 22, 2013, to April 14, 2015. The affected vehicles have an electric power steering assist system that may shut down in cold temperatures due to a steering motor sensor fault.

If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the power steering control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 28, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 48M1.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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