– It is claimed that recalling the Audi gate control unit is not good enough to fix and prevent Audi vehicles from activating many warning lights before the vehicles are turned off.
The Audi Gate Controller class action lawsuit includes consumers, “who have purchased or leased any 2017 or later Audi vehicle equipped with a Gate Control Unit (identified by the Defendants as a ‘J533’ unit) located under the rear bench seat.”
This includes the 2018 Audi Q5, Audi SQ5, Audi Q7 and Audi A8.
The Audi gate console lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs Megan Geoff (Connecticut), Melissa Anido (Florida) and Alan Wurzelbacher (Illinois).
According to the lawsuit, Audi made a mistake by placing the gate console under the rear seat and cup holders where it could be damaged by moisture in the unenclosed cabin.
An Audi class action suit describes the module as “acting as a relay to which various control units, including those responsible for controlling the powertrain and airbags, are connected.”
A damaged gate control unit will cause several warnings and the unit will shut down, putting your Audi into a reduced power mode. However, the plaintiffs also claim that the engines could stall and the drivers would not be able to restart the vehicles.
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The Audi gate control unit recall has been announced in December 2021 for approximately 289,000 2021-2022 Audi Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback and 2018-2022 Audi Q5 and SQ5 models.
Audi said fluid could spill into the rear seats and cause the gate control units to shut off. The automaker also found problems with the body seams under the vehicles which allowed water to get into the units.
Audi gate control unit recall documents submitted to the government indicate that the units have safety mechanisms that shut off the units if liquid gets into the components.
The fluid can also cause short circuits that turn off the gate controllers, but Audi says that even with low power, vehicles maintain steering and braking.
The Audi gate control unit has dealers who install covers on the units to keep them from getting wet. Dealers will also apply sealant to the seams under the body to prevent water from entering the units.
According to the class action lawsuit, the recall repairs are not good enough that Audi dealers will simply cover the gate consoles with plastic bags.
Prosecutors claim that this is “hardly a sufficient remedy because the plastic bag can and will allow condensation to build up on the interior and disrupt the operation of the gate control unit.”
The lawsuit also argues that the gate controller’s recall would not provide compensation to Audi owners who paid their own money for the repairs.
Audi’s class action claims that the cost of replacing the gate control unit is between $1,300 and $1,800, “not including any repairs to other components that would also be damaged when the unit malfunctions.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Audi will occasionally offer “good faith” replacements for the gate control units, but the dealers are allegedly telling owners that any additional damage will not be covered.
The lawsuit for the Audi gate console was filed in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey: Geoff et al., s. Volkswagen Group of America and others.
The plaintiffs represent a montage burger.