Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, produces a line of luxury vehicles. While the emissions scandal that erupted in 2015 may now be in the German automaker’s rearview mirror, vehicles continue to be plagued by defects. If you own or lease an Audi that has been in for repeated repairs for warranty issues, CAA – The Lemon Firm will fight for your rights. Please call us today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.
We are a premier consumer advocacy practice serving clients throughout California. Our experienced lemon law attorneys are dedicated to holding automakers such as Audi accountable for providing the public with defective vehicles. We leverage our knowledge of the California lemon law and federal warranty law to help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve. When you consult with us, we will determine whether you have a valid lemon law claim and work tirelessly to protect your rights.
Common Audi Defects
Despite the fact that Audi produces luxury vehicles, consumers have reported numerous maintenance issues, such as:
- Defective electrical components — Common problems with the Audi include: failed digital dashboard displays, erratic lights and failed tail lights, requiring replacement of original equipment.
- Failed ignition coils/spark plugs — This mechanical problem leads to engine misfires, which can be repaired by replacing the spark plugs and tuning the engine to factory specifications.
- Failed catalytic converters — This issue occurs when carbon build-up blocks the exhaust flow; however the problem is often related to another underlying problem in the engine or exhaust system.
- EGR defects — Audi’s exhaust gas recirculation system, designed to lower temperature in the combustion chamber, is subject to carbon build-up that requires EGR valve replacement.
- Oil leaks — This common Audi defect is typically attributed to valve cover gaskets and camshaft tensioners that must be replaced.
- Defective oxygen sensors — This defect will result in poor idling, starting problems, and high fuel consumption; it will also cause the check engine light to come on.
It is important to note that not every defect indicates a lemon. To know if you have a valid lemon law claim, you should consult with an expert lemon law attorney for a free case analysis.
Despite Audi’s reputation for reliability, performance and safety, numerous recalls have been issued over the years:
- In October 2019, Audi announced the recall of about 175,000 model year 2018-2020 Audi Q5s and 2018-2019 Audi SQ5s because a rear wheel arch trim piece may loosen and detach from the SUV, causing a road hazard to other vehicles. Dealers were instructed to replace the four clips securing the forward part of the rear wheel arch.
- In August 2019, Audi recalled about 144,000 model year 2017-2018 Audi A4 and A5 models due to a problem with the system that detects whether a passenger is in the front seat. A rusted cable was causing the software to misdiagnose a malfunction which could result in the passenger airbag being disabled. While no injuries were reported, Audi instructed dealers to inspect software that controls the airbag and replace the airbag system as needed.
- In June 2019, a recall affected 540 Audi E-Tron SUVs. The automaker’s first electric vehicles sold in the U.S. had a risk of battery fires. Audi attributed the problem to a defective wiring harness that can cause moisture to seep into the individual battery cells, which could ignite a fire; no battery fires were reported, however.
- In April 2018, Audi issued a massive worldwide recall of 1.2 million A4 (2013 to 2016), A5 (2013 to 2017), A6 (2012 to 2015) and Q5 SUV (2013 to 2017) vehicles. A faulty electronic cooling pump was susceptible to overheating, which could result in an auto fire. The recall impacted 344,000 vehicles in the U.S. Audi previously tried to address the problem with a software update in 2017, but then decided it was necessary to replace the affected parts entirely.
How CAA – The Lemon Firm Can Help Audi Drivers in California
Our experienced lemon law attorneys believe that Audi drivers have a right to expect high-performance standards of these luxury vehicles. Given the numerous reported defects and recalls issued by the automaker, Audi vehicles frequently fall short of those standards.
If your Audi has been in for repeated repairs for warranty issues, the California lemon law provides you with powerful remedies: a refund, a replacement vehicle, additional monetary compensation, and reasonable attorney fees. All of our firm’s services come at no cost to you – your legal bills will be paid by the automakers.
Our legal team has a proven history of holding automakers accountable and protecting the rights of our clients. If your luxury Audi has turned out to be a lemon, you are likely frustrated and angry. Get in touch with our office today so we can get started on your lemon law claim: (833) LEMON-FIRM.