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Audi Gateway Control Module Affected by Water Class Action

This class action concerns certain Audi vehicles, which the complaint alleges have defective or badly-placed gateway control modules. It brings suit against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., which does business in part as Audi of America, Inc., Audi Ag, and Volkswagen AG, claiming that the J533 gateway control module has been placed under the rear bench seat, allowing liquid to enter and leading to the failure of the module.

The class for this action is all individuals in the US who bought or leased any 2012-2017 Audi vehicle equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engines. Connecticut, Florida, and Illinois Subclasses have also been proposed for those who bought their vehicles in those states.

The gateway control module is a relay that enables different control modules in a vehicle, such as the drivetrain and airbags, to communicate with each other. The complaint alleges that “if the gateway control module is damaged, the vehicle immediately displays several warnings and shuts down even if it is currently being driven. Often a driver will be unable to turn the vehicle back on.”

How does this happen? The complaint alleges that the compartment in which the gateway control module has been placed is unsealed. This allow liquid to enter from the outside, splashing up from the road in wet and rainy conditions, and also from any liquid spilled in the backseat. When the gateway control module fails, the complaint alleges, it immediately shuts down.

When this happens, the complaint alleges, the owner or lessee must pay for the repair because VW does not cover it under its warranty. According to the complaint, this costs between $1,3000 and $1,800, plus any repairs needed to other components that may be damaged when the module shorts out.

Some owners or lessees have been given “goodwill” replacements, but the complaint alleges that “they are specifically cautioned that any further damage will not be covered by goodwill.” Even worse, they “have been instructed by authorized dealerships to avoid bringing any liquids into the vehicles, for fear of spills, and to avoid driving their vehicles in the rain.”

The complaint alleges that the companies have been aware of the defect, but that they do not tell would-be customers about it before they buy their vehicles. The complaint comments, “Clearly, no reasonable consumer would purchase a vehicle that is unable to be driven during a rainstorm.”

The defective module presents a safety risk to consumers, the complaint alleges, because when it fails, it causes an immediate loss of power to the vehicle. The complaint contends, “It goes without saying that a sudden loss of power poses a clear-cut safety risk—it can prevent the driver from accelerating, maintaining speed, adequately controlling the steering wheel, or engaging the brakes, all of which drastically increase the risk of collisions.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Audi Gateway Control Module Affected by Water Complaint

January 14, 2022

This class action concerns certain Audi vehicles, which the complaint alleges have defective or badly-placed gateway control modules. It brings suit against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., which does business in part as Audi of America, Inc., Audi Ag, and Volkswagen AG, claiming that the J533 gateway control module has been placed under the rear bench seat, allowing liquid to enter and leading to the failure of the module.

Audi Gateway Control Module Affected by Water Complaint

Case Event History

Audi Gateway Control Module Affected by Water Complaint

January 14, 2022

This class action concerns certain Audi vehicles, which the complaint alleges have defective or badly-placed gateway control modules. It brings suit against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., which does business in part as Audi of America, Inc., Audi Ag, and Volkswagen AG, claiming that the J533 gateway control module has been placed under the rear bench seat, allowing liquid to enter and leading to the failure of the module.

Audi Gateway Control Module Affected by Water Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Gateway Control Module