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Recall 19V474000

Passenger Air Bag Becomes Deactivated Due To Occupant Detection System Malfunction

Recall Details

The occupant detection system for the passenger front seat may falsely detect a system malfunction, resulting in the passenger frontal air bag not deploying as needed in an accident. Dealers will replace the connector in the system and reroute the cable free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger occupant detection system (PODS) may falsely detect a system malfunction, which will deactivate the passenger air bag. If the air bag does not deploy in an accident, there is an increased risk of occupant injuy.

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 August, 2019. 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. The Audi recall number is 69Z4.

Body, Interior & Misc., June 19, 2019

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
June 19, 2019
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
138,896
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
19V474000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Audi) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Audi S3 Sedan, 2015-2019 A3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet, 2016-2018 A3 e-tron, and 2017-2019 RS3 vehicles. An improper electrical contact may cause the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) to falsely detect a malfunction and deactivate the passenger air bag.
Consequence
A deactivated passenger air bag increases the risk of injury during a crash.
Remedy
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the connector and reroute the cable, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 18, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi's number for this recall is 69Z4.
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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