Audi SUVs recalled due to risk of water entering computer

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FILE – This March 14, 2019 file photo shows the logo of the German car manufacturer Audi at a news conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. Volkswagen is recalling nearly 107,000 older vehicles sold in the U.S. by its Audi luxury brand because Takata driver’s air bag inflators could hurl shrapnel in a crash. The vehicles may have one of the 1.4 million air bag inflators that Takata recalled in December 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen’s Audi luxury brand is recalling 289,000 SUVs in the U.S. because water can get into a control computer under the back seats.

The recall covers certain 2021 and 2022 Q5 and SQ5 Sportback models and some 2018 through 2022 Q5 and SQ5 models.

The company says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators that water can get to the computer through liquid spilled onto the back seat, or from a leaky body seam.

That can cause the computer to shut down and reduce engine power, increasing the risk of a crash. VW says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries.

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Dealers will install a cover to protect the computers and seal an underbody seam at no cost to owners, who will be notified starting Feb. 24.

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