US: Audi recalls 240,000 vehicles over disabled passenger airbags

Volkswagen Group says that a cable in the occupant detection system may be faulty


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Published: Wed 17 Nov 2021, 7:27 PM

Volkswagen Group is recalling more than 240,000 Audi vehicles in the US and Canada because an electric cable problem can cause a computer to disable the passenger airbag.

The recall covers certain 2017 through 2020 Audi A4, RS5, A5, S4 and S5 models.

VW says in documents filed with the US safety regulators that a cable in the passenger occupant detection system can be faulty. That can cause software to misdiagnose a malfunction and disable the passenger air bag, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.


Dealers will replace the cable and either the heating mat or the entire seat cover. Owners will be notified by letter starting January 7.

The recall is an expansion of one done for the same problem in 2019. Vehicles repaired in the 2019 recall will have to be fixed again.

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