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Recall 17V001000

Side Head Air Bag Propels Metal Fragments Without Air Bag Deployment

Recall Details

The side head air bag assembly may corrode due to moisture or water intrusion from the foam surrounding it. This would allow the canister inside to weaken. The inflator could fracture and spray metal fragments onto passengers. Dealers will inspect the inflator and either coat it or replace it as necessary after removing the surrounding foam free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The side head air bag may allow moisture to get inside of it, which could result in the internal components corroding. If this occurs, the inflator for the air bag could fracture without air bag deployment, and spray metal fragments at occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Audi must be performed by a Audi dealership. Audi will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in February, 2017. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Audi dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., January 3, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 3, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
234,057
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V001000
Component
VISIBILITY

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Audi Q5 vehicles. The sunroof drainage system may allow water to soak into the foam surrounding the side head air bag inflator canister resulting in the corrosion of the canister. If this happens, the corrosion can weaken the canister and the inflator could fracture without air bag deployment, propelling fragments into the passenger compartment, striking and causing serious injury to vehicle occupants.
Consequence
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the inflator and either coat it or replace it, as necessary, after removing the surrounding foam, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69P1.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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