Audi Q7 model years 2017-18 vehicles allegedly are equipped with defective braking systems that make a high-pitched noise when the brakes are applied. A class action lawsuit was filed and settlement recently announced.
As first reported by LegalScoops, the Audi Q7 brake defect is a serious safety concern that has been documented to occur without warning during standard vehicle operation. Additionally it is claimed the brake defect poses an extreme and unreasonable safety hazard to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
Audi Q7 Brake Systems Defect
According to the Mercado v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. dba Audi of America, Inc. lawsuit, when the Q7 brakes are applied it’s alleged a loud high-pitched squealing noise is emitted. The emitted noise creates a safety hazard as it may startle vehicle drivers affecting critical driving decisions. Pedestrians as an effect of the brake defect may pay attention to the loud braking noise rather than having their full attention on other hazards in their path.
Audi Q7 Models Affected
According to publicly available data, the total number of 2017-2018 Audi Q7s sold is approximately 75,763. The following Audi models are affected by this defect:
Status of the Brake System Class Action Litigation
Plaintiffs filed a motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement on May 25, 2021 in Mercado v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. dba Audi of America, Inc. The court granted class certification for settlement purposes and appointed interim class counsel on November 1, 2021.
It’s reported on November 1, 2021 the Court also preliminarily approved a class action settlement of these claims and amended that order on November 4, 2021.
Brake System Class Action Lawsuit and Settlement Details
The terms of the settlement include, with certain conditions:
- Extension of New Vehicle Limited Warranties to cover one front brake squealing repair
- Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses paid for covered repairs
- Application for attorney fees, costs, and expenses for class counsel of up to $1,960,000.
What Action Audi Q7 Owners Need to Take
As the Court recently granted preliminary approval of the settlement, Audi Q7 owners will receive a notice of the proposed settlement by mail. The deadline to send out this notice is February 11, 2022.
If you do not receive a summary notice, please contact the settlement administrator at www.angeiongroup.com to get information on how to confirm if you were sent the settlement notice. Reference the following class action lawsuit: Mercado v. Audi settlement.
If you decide you want to bring your own claim, you will then need to elect whether to participate in the settlement or opt out of the settlement. The notice of this settlement will list your deadlines to take action, but March 28, 2022 is the current deadline set by the Court to opt out or object to the settlement.
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