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Recall 06V454000

Air Bag Warning Light and Passenger Side Air Bag Off Lights May Come On

Recall Details

The air bag warning light and passenger side air bag off notification light may illuminate due to low battery voltage. If this occurs, the passenger air bag will not deploy in an accident. Dealers will reprogram the air bag control module software. The Audi recall number is JR. This recall began on December 5, 2006.

Our Quick Take

The vehicle requires a certain amount of battery voltage to operate all of its electrical components. The air bag warning light and passenger side air bag off notification light may both come on if the battery is slightly weak and allows the voltage level to get too low. This would keep the front passenger side air bag from deploying in an accident.

What Should You Do?

We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall; the passenger side air bag may not deploy in an accident. Please contact your Audi dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Body, Interior & Misc., December 5, 2006

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 5, 2006
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
5,902
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
06V454000
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL

Summary
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES WHERE A WEAK BATTERY EXISTS, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT A LOW VOLTAGE CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE AIR BAG CONTROL UNIT TO IMPROPERLY SET A FAULT CODE. IF THIS OCCURS, THE PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL AIR BAG WILL BECOME DEACTIVATED. HOWEVER, BOTH THE AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER AS WELL AS THE 'PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF' TELLTALE IN THE CENTER OF THE INSTRUMENT PANEL WILL ILLUMINATE AND PROVIDE VISUAL WARNING TO THE DRIVER.
Consequence
IF THE CASE OF A FRONTAL CRASH, THE PASSENGER SIDE FRONT AIR BAG WOULD NOT DEPLOY WHICH COULD CAUSE INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE SOFTWARE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 5, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AUDI AT 1-800-822-2834.
Notify
VW/AUDI RECALL NO. JR. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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