Audi recalls new Q7 to prevent power steering failureby Justin King
The manufacturing screwup only affects eight vehicles in the US market.
Audi is preparing to replace the steering rack in a small batch of 2017 Q7 crossovers.
Some of the vehicles may have left the factory without proper protection for a circuit board involved in the electric power-steering system.
"If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash," the company warns.
The circuit board should be protected by SilGel, a silicone gel that is mixed with a hardener when applied. Workers at Continental's Budapest factory filled both sides of the 1:1 mixing container with silicone rubber, accidentally omitting the necessary hardener.
Service technicians will replace the entire steering rack to address the issue, which only affects eight vehicles sold in the US market.