Volkswagen Ag., on Wednesday said is recalling 317 Audi A6 made between April 8 and May 26, 2011 because of a problem at the side curtain airbag.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the side-curtain airbags may not deploy in a crash.

“Due to a problem in the stitching process of the curtain airbag, the seam of the airbag may not be stitched properly,” said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem.

“In the event of a crash, the head curtain airbag may not deploy and will not be able to properly protect an occupant, increasing the risk of an injury.”

Volkswagen expects to notify A6 owners about the recall in January. At that time, they’ll be able to take their vehicles to an Audi dealer, who will replace the left and/or right curtain airbag free of charge.

Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Note, the 2012 Audi A6 is still one of the safest vehicles on the road today, having earned top honors in recent Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) crash tests.


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