Audi launched a recall for nearly 100,000 vehicles in the United States after a routine compliance testing uncovered an issue with the vehicles’ C-pillars. According to the automaker, the rear pillars could expose occupants to head injury in the event of an accident. While the injury might only occur if the occupant is unbelted, the risks are great enough to warrant a recall.
Regulators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the issue was identified while the firm carried out a routine compliance testing. During the testing, which was performed by the automaker and the suppliers, they found that the pillar located behind the rear door opening does not have enough padding. In the event of a crash, the lack of protection may cause a passenger who is not buckled up to suffer head injury as a result.
While Audi said that the curtain air bags are designed to provide additional support, offering “adequate protection,” the issue represents a failure to meet federal safety standards.
Audi’s recall report shows that impacted vehicles include the 2018 through 2020 Audi Q7 SUVs, which were manufactured between July 24, 2017 and March 5, 2020.
Audi’s Recall: Proper Manufacturing Processes Can Help Prevent Injury
Despite the risks associated with the recalled vehicles, Audi said that it is working on developing new processes that would help them manufacture vehicles that comply with all safety regulations.
The recalled Audi Q7 SUVs’ potentially defective parts were manufactured by the automotive interior supplier Grupo Antolin. In order to prevent similar issues in the future, Audi will ensure the parts manufacturer will have to comply with its new guidelines.
Car owners impacted by this recall will be contacted in late December 2020. Automakers will be asked to schedule a visit to the manufacturer to have the defective parts replaced for free.
If you would like to learn more about this recall, you can contact Audi customer service at 800-253-2834 or click here for the full report.
For recall reports and more, you can visit the NHTSA website.