Yes, a dry tie rod end can creak, groan, squeek, or even pop like a firecracker.
This is a safety issue and since it's a recall, and absolutely free of charge to you, then I would advise getting this repaired quickly.
Mitsubish had a similar recall on the Galant in regards to rubber boots and lower ball joints.
Unfortunately, Mitsubishi had a very narrow standard of what constitutes a fault and dismissed a lot of them as fine.
There have been a number of lower ball joint failures even after the recall was done and the joints signed off on.
One of my daughter's cars was one of them when a ball joint broke but luckily, it was while turning into a driveway.
Mitsubishi still won't do anything about that one.
I don't think you will run into this kind of problem with VW/Audi.