BERLIN -- Audi is recalling 100,000 cars from several model families due to a potential displacement of the suspension links that occurred during an earlier repair to replace faulty nuts.
The issue must now be checked by measuring the suspension alignment in the rear.
In June 2021, Audi recalled cars from the A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, Q8, E-Tron series (model years 2019 to 2021) after it was discovered one or more nuts that did not meet specifications had been used on the rear axle suspension links of some cars.
A broken nut could have resulted in increased play between the suspension link and the hub carrier, which in turn could cause alterations in the wheel alignment of the rear axle.
The concern was that the rear axle could suddenly and uncontrollably move in the wrong direction at high speeds.
According to a t-online report, 150,000 cars were affected globally by the summer recall, and about 30,000 of those cars were in Germany.
Following the repair to the faulty nuts, Audi received some complaints of tire wear as well as altered vehicle handling.
The company discovered that after the first repair, a part on the rear axle may have been inadvertently and unknowingly set to the wrong specifications in some cases.
This could cause increased and uneven tire wear on the rear axle and affect vehicle handling. If tire tread depth is too low or varies widely between the tires, traction could be negatively affected.
About 169 Porsche Cayennes are also affected in Germany and will be recalled, the article said.
There have been no deaths or injuries caused by the problem, according to Audi.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the corrective procedure used in the first recall and the issue that arose following that procedure.