Court Approves Settlement in Audi Brake System Lawsuit

Court Approves Settlement in Audi Brake System Lawsuit

A lawsuit alleges certain Audi Q7s have defective brakes
  • By: Staff Writer
  • Published July 10, 2022

A California district court granted final approval of a class action settlement, service awards, and attorney fees and expenses in a lawsuit alleging defective brakes in certain Audi Q7s.

The settlement class is, with exclusions: All persons and entities who purchased or leased any model year 2017 or 2018 Audi Q7 vehicle that was imported and distributed by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. for sale or lease in the United States or Puerto Rico.

The benefits to the settlement class include, with conditions:

  • A warranty extension for current owners or lessees of settlement class vehicles to cover one repair of a diagnosed condition of front brake squealing, consisting of replacement of the front brake pads and installation of one new lower spring in each caliper of the front brakes so there are two springs per caliper, in a period of 4 years of 48,000 miles (whichever occurs first) from the in-service date of the vehicle; and
  • reimbursement for past unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses paid, prior to the Notice Date and within 4 years or 48,000 miles (whichever occurred first) from a settlement class vehicle’s in-service date, for one covered repair of a diagnosed condition of a squealing noise from the front brakes.

The settlement class representatives, Valeria Mercado and Andrea Kristy Anne Holmes, were awarded service awards of $5,000 each.

The case is Valeria Mercado, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. d/b/a Audi of America, Inc., case number 5:18-cv-02388-JWH-SP, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

You can read the Court's order below:

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