US: Audi recalls A6, A7 and A3 over airbag-related problems image

Over 21,000 A6 and A7 models and also 900 units of A3 cabrio will be recalled by Audi in the US for airbag-related issues, in two campaigns.

Volkswagen Group of America has announced it is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Audi A6 vehicles manufactured March 28, 2011, to March 25, 2013, and 2012-2013 Audi A7 models build January 25, 2011, to March 19, 2013. In vehicles with heated and cooled seats, the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS), used to enable the front passenger air bags, may malfunction and prevent the passenger-side air bags from deploying in case of a crash. The automaker will notify owners and Audi dealers will install a PODS system repair kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2016, with 21,074 units being potentially affected by this issue.

In a smaller safety campaign, Audi is also announcing the recalling of 904 examples of model year 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet cars with manufactured dates between June 5, 2014, and April 1, 2015. The affected cars have a driver or front passenger seat whose cover might be incorrectly stitched, preventing the side air bag from properly deploying in the event of an accident. There were no incidents reported in relation to these problems. Dealers will replace the driver’s and/or front passenger’s seatback cover of the A3s and the owners will have to bring their cars to inspections beginning from February.