The 2017 Audi Q7 Might Not Go Where You Point It


Audi's flagship SUV needs some time at the dealership to remedy problems in recalls issued two days apart.

Recalls for flagship models aren't uncommon, but Audi's Q7 seems to have a few more issues than most. In July, the recall concerned with the Q7 was for the airbag possibly deploying with excessive force, which to be fair wasn't Audi's fault, it was part of that whole Takata problem. On the 6 September the notice issued by the NHTSA had to do with the third row seat which could possibly move forward under load possibly increasing risk of injury to rear passengers. The fix was an extra bracket fitted by the dealer.

There was a second notice issued that same day, this one affected the electrics and side marker lights - new software installed stops the lights working when used in conjunction with the park lights or headlights. So the Audi Q7 that just cut you off in traffic may actually have indicated for the lane change. There's no schedule for the fix as yet, but the seat recall was expected to begin in October. With this latest release coming just two days after the light and seat recall, on 8 September, Q7 owners may as well just leave their cars at the dealership so that the fix can also be carried out. The new recall notice is quite possibly more serious than the other two, but with all problems combined things could get deadly.

You Might Also Like
Can't Afford The 2019 BMW 8 Series? Here Are 8 Cheaper Super Coupes
Can't Afford The 2019 BMW 8 Series? Here Are 8 Cheaper Super Coupes
Outstanding Sports Cars Nobody Wants To Buy
Outstanding Sports Cars Nobody Wants To Buy

The problem outlined by the NHTSA has to do with the steering. The electric power steering may short circuit resulting in a loss of steering assist. As you can imagine, loss of steering assistance during a bend or sharp turn, that you can't let other drivers know you're about to do, might see you not make the turn and thus need to jump on the clamps. This might make the rear passengers end up on the back of your head. We recommend that Audi Q7 owners contact Audi customerservice or the NHTSA to see where they stand.

Jaguar XE 300 Sport And XE SV Project 8 Create Modern Art

Two vastly different sports sedans that share a common thread.

All-New Revolutionary Mazda3 Teased Ahead Of LA Reveal

Along with its game-changing sparkless ignition engine.

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP

Related Reviews

First Look: Audi Q7
First Look
First Look: Audi Q7
2017 Audi Q7 SUV Review
Audi Q7 SUV
2017 Audi Q7 SUV Review