Audi is recalling over 100,000 vehicles over Takata airbag inflators that could expose occupants to serious and potentially deadly injuries.
The models are older, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported, and they include convertibles, sedans, and coupes.
The driver’s side airbags listed in this recall are not the same design associated with the large, record-breaking Takata airbag recall impacting millions of vehicles of different brands. Instead, the airbags in this recall are from older model Audis and are fitted with non-azide driver frontal airbag inflators (NADI).
The defective driver’s side airbags can deploy without enough force or with too much force in the event of an accident due to exposure to moisture. In either case, occupants could suffer potentially serious injuries.
Models impacted include the 1998 through 2001 Audi A4, A6, and A8 sedans and Audi TT coupes and convertibles.
Audi Not The First Automaker To Launch Recalls For NADI Airbag Inflators
BMW recently recalled several older models over NADI airbag inflators. Some of the vehicles impacted by the recall should not be driven until the firm addresses the issue. Other companies such as Honda, Isuzu, Toyota, Acura, and Mitsubishi have also issued related recalls.
The NHTSA wrote in a statement that the firm isn’t sure if all recalled vehicles have the problematic NADI inflators, and that it issued the recall in order to check all potentially impacted cars and replace the defective airbags when needed.
Audi should contact impacted vehicle owners in late March and then once again when the firm has enough replacement parts to fix all vehicles. Until then, the NHTSA urges consumers to contact the firm directly if they have any concerns or questions.
If you own one of the impacted Audi vehicles and you are worried that your car could expose yourself and others to injury risks, reach out to the firm as soon as possible.
Follow this link to read more on this recall and for detailed information on how to contact Audi.