Roughly 11,600 2017 Audi A3 and S3 sedans are being recalled in the United States to fix the software system that controls the release of airbags. The Bavarian auto maker recently discovered the airbags may activate with excessive force under certain conditions.
“Owners of these vehicles are at risk of injury and should have their Audi corrected immediately,” said Attorney James Johnson. ”
The problem was identified during routine production testing in February. Indeed, it appears that in lower-speed crash test situations, when a passenger is sitting forward or reclining, the airbag control system may misclassify what is taking place and activate the airbags with excessive or powerful force.
The specific defect was discovered with help from Audi’s airbag supplier Continental. This is a separate and somewhat different issue than the massive airbag recall involving Takata Corp., a Japanese airbag supplier grappling with a recall affecting 42 million vehicles in the U.S.
In the Audi recall, vehicles that are not updated would fail to comply with U.S. regulations under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”
Audi is member of the world’s largest automaker, Volkswagen Group.
Audi plans to notify owners of these vehicles to revise and restore their airbag software at no cost beginning this month.
- Customer Service for Audi 1-800-253-2834. Recall No. is 69Q3.
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