Complaints Surrounding the 2019 Audi Q5There have been numerous consumer complaints surrounding the 2019 Audi Q5. Some of these complaints include the following:
- The auto had a “steering malfunction” resulting in the loss of all power steering ability while driving at highway speeds.
- While using the adaptive cruise control feature on the car at 75mph, the vehicle’s traffic sign recognition system automatically adjusted speed after recognizing a 55mph sign off the side of the road. The vehicle automatically and suddenly applied the brakes. The driver had to disengage the cruise control system and quickly accelerate to avoid being rear-ended due to the sudden change in speed.
- The active lane assist feature constantly makes alerts, many of which are false alerts. This feature, which is supposed to improve safety, can actually be distracting and become dangerous.
Recalls Surrounding the 2019 Audi Q5There have already been 4 recalls surrounding the 2019 Audi Q5, and the year isn’t over yet. The recalls include the following:
- Issue with hydraulic brakes – short casting can result in the sudden loss of brakes, which increases the risk of crashes
- Issue with wheel arch cover trim – the wheel arch cover trip could suddenly detach, potentially becoming a road hazard and increasing the risk of crashes
- Issue with instrument panel carrier breaking – the instrument panel carrier can break and damage the airbags; in the case of accidents, damaged airbags represent a higher risk of injury due to a lack of protection
A New Issue: A Possibly Defective Gear causing Car to Roll in Reverse while in ParkAlthough an official recall has not been issued, a new issue has recently been identified with the 2019 Audi Q5. Specifically, the defect seems to be present in the gear. When the car is put into park, the car can actually begin rolling back. Shifting a car into park is supposed to prevent cars from moving in any direction; rolling cars can represent a significant risk of crashes and injuries. This is not the first time that Audi has had to deal with an issue with gears and cars rolling back when in park. Specifically, the 2017 model of the Audi Q5 was recalled for an issue with rolling back. According to the 2017 recall, the vehicle could roll despite the transmission being set on the park position; this occurred due to a defect with the auto’s gearbox. The 2017 recall urged consumers to contact dealers for a replacement of the defective gearboxes. If a recall is issued for the issue with the 2019 model, the same is likely to occur. However, the defect could result in significant damages. Without a doubt, it could result in property damage, injuries, and even death.
The Risk of InjuriesDefective products affect consumers in different ways. If a car starts rolling back after being put into park, significant harm could occur. Think about the possibility of putting your car into park and getting out of the vehicle and walking behind it to get something out of the trunk or to reach the sidewalk to get to a destination. If anyone is standing behind the vehicle when it starts to roll, they could be struck. If there is a car parked behind the vehicle, individuals could be pinned between the rolling Audi and another parked car. If there is no car parked behind the vehicle, the car could roll for many feet (possibly gaining speed) and collide with a moving vehicle – the car could even collide into pedestrians. Without a doubt, the risk of injuries is present. Besides significant property damage, innocent parties could experience head injuries, brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and many other injuries. In some cases, the injuries suffered could be fatal. If you or a member of your family suffered any sort of harm as a direct result of the defective 2019 Audi Q5, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. Depending on the details of your claim, you could sue Audi for the harm that you suffered.
Understanding Liability if Product Defect Causes InjuriesAll companies, including auto manufacturers like Audi, have a duty of care towards their consumers. They have the duty to ensure that their products are completely safe for consumer use. They must thoroughly inspect and test their products to ensure that their products are free of any hazards that could potentially harm their consumers. When these companies negligently make defective products available to consumers, they could be liable for all the harm that their consumers suffer. This is called product liability. Companies have to ensure that their products are free of any labeling, design, or manufacturing defects prior to making them available for purchase; if they fail to do so, they can be sued based on product liability.
The Possibility of Filing a Product Liability Lawsuit against Audi and Recovering CompensationAudi could have failed to address the defective gearbox in their vehicles; therefore, they negligently put their consumers at risk of harm. If you were harmed as a direct result of the defect present in the vehicle (which represents a breached duty of care), do not hesitate to seek legal assistance – you could pursue a claim and even recover compensation. Some of the compensation that you might be eligible to receive might include the following: medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, loss of consortium, funeral and burial costs, and punitive damages. Although there is no guarantee on what you could recover, you should explore the possibility of fighting for your right to receive the maximum amount of compensation after being harmed by a defective product.
Acting after being HarmedIf you were injured as a direct result of a defective product, such as the defective Audi Q5, there are a number of things that you should do. Some of these things include taking photos of all injuries and property damage as well as speaking to witnesses and seeking medical attention. However, there are many things that you should not do.
- Do not try to repair the hazard yourself
- Do not agree to a free repair
- Do not agree to a full or partial refund
- Do not take the defective vehicle to the dealership
To speak with a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer, call (213) 389-3765.Doing any of the things listed above could significantly affect your right to take any legal action for the harm that you suffered. File Your Claim on Time Although you likely have the right to sue if you were injured by a defective product, you could lose this right if you fail to file your claim within the appropriate time limit. All claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which establishes the length of time that claimants have to file their claims. In California, product liability claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations – meaning that claimants will only have two years to file their claims. Exceptions could apply, however; therefore, it is always important to discuss the applicable statute of limitations with an attorney.