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Recall 17V196000

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Deploys Improperly

Recall Details

The passenger frontal air bag may deploy with more force than intended with an occupant sitting on the edge of the passenger front seat, or laying in the seat with the seat reclined. Dealers will update the air bag control module software free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger frontal air bag may deploy improperly during a low speed crash if the front seat passenger is sitting on the edge of the seat or laying in the seat with the seat reclined. This could cause injury to the occupant as the air bag could deploy with more force than intended.

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 April, 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.

Body, Interior & Misc., March 22, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 22, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
11,618
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V196000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Audi A3 and S3 Sedan vehicles. In a lower-speed crash situation, the air bag control unit software may deploy the passenger frontal air bag improperly if the front seat passenger is sitting on the edge of the seat or is laying in the seat with the seat reclined. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequence
If the air bag deploys with more force than intended, it can increase the risk of injury.
Remedy
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will update the air bag control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69Q3.
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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