Don’t Spill Your Drink in These 2 Audi Models, or You’ll Get Stuck In ‘Limp Home Mode’

Kids spilling drinks in the back seat is a nuisance for any driver. Sugary spots can take a long time to come out, and do little to support. In extreme cases, they can cause problems with electronics running under the carpet. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of owners are at risk for this. The bright side might be that kids can be left to this hook; The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) faults Audi for this problem. Read on to find out more about the Audi recall below…

What Audi cars are being recalled?

2019 Audi A7 | Audi

More than 50,000 cars in the United States are recalled by Audi, with some models dating back three years. (KBB) stating that on the s and A7s – and their performance iterations – the gate control module (GCM) is missing a protective cover. Therefore, the unit, which is located under the rear seat, can be damaged by a spilled drink, causing the car to go into “limp home mode”.

Most likely it is on, in addition to the other warning lights. However, the key is not to panic. Your car will run slower, so your engine won’t suffer excessive damage. Fortunately, Audi says braking and steering won’t be affected.

What Audi models are affected?


There have been at least 46 cases of Audis going into a limp home mode after GCM fluids destroyed the rear of the cars. Audi has yet to release a statement detailing how much fluid should be spilled on and under the rear seats. However, any fluid seems to be enough to affect the A6 and A7 sedans. Reportedly, Audi says if the fluid gets into the GCM, drivers will receive a warning through the instrument cluster light.

According to KBB, the recall includes the following Audi models:

  • 2019-2022 Audi A7
  • 2019-2022 Audi A6 Sedan
  • 2020-2022 Audi S7
  • 2020-2022 Audi S6 Sedan
  • 2020-2022
  • 2021-2022 Audi RS 7
  • 2021-2022 Audi RS 6 Avant

Does Audi fix recalls for free?

If you have one of the above, go to NHTSA and enter your unique 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The VIN number should be on the bottom left of your vehicle’s windshield, registration card, or insurance card.

Reports indicate that Audi sent a statement to NHTSA that owners will be notified before January 20, 2023. It states that fixing the problem — like all recalls — will be free to customers. Audi technicians will install the protective cover on the GCM that should have been present from the factory.

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