Volkswagen Recalling Certain Audis - Disabled Passenger Air Bag

Volkswagen Recalling Certain Audis – Disabled Passenger Air Bag

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Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Components: SEATS, AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 208,332
Summary & Remedy

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Audi) is recalling certain 2017-2020 A4 Allroad, A4 Sedan, 2018-2019 RS5 Coupe, 2019 RS5 Sportback, 2018-2020 A5 Cabriolet, A5 Coupe, A5 Sportback, S4 Sedan, S5 Cabriolet, S5 Coupe, and Audi S5 Sportback vehicles. The cable connecting the seat heater to the Passenger Occupant Detection System (“PODS”) may have a contact fault, causing the software to misdiagnose a malfunction and disable the passenger air bag. A disabled passenger air bag increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Dealers will replace the connecting cable and either the heating mat or entire seat cover, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 7, 2022. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi’s number for this recall is 74E3. This recall is an expansion of Recall 19V-547 (74D9). Vehicles previously repaired under 19V-547 will need to return for the new remedy.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.nhtsa.gov.

To find out if your vehicle is included in the recall, please use the NHTSA’s VIN Look-up Tool.

What Is A Vehicle Recall?

When a manufacturer or the NHTSA determines that a vehicle creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle at no cost to the owner. The fix, or repair, can be accomplished by repairing, replacing, offering a refund (for equipment) or, in rare cases, repurchasing the car/vehicle.

What should I do if my vehicle is included in this recall?

If your vehicle is included in a specific recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, please call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.

For additional recall information, please click Understanding Vehicle Recalls or Recalls FAQ.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

VEHICLE OWNERS AND LESSEES AFFECTED BY AUTOMOTIVE DEFECTS OR SAFETY RECALLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT KEHOE LAW FIRM, P.C., [email protected], TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL CLASS ACTION LEGAL CLAIMS.  ALL LEGAL CONSULTATIONS ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND FREE OF CHARGE.
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