Audi roept 144.000 voertuigen terug vanwege defecte airbagsensoren


Byon August 2, 2019

2017 Audi A4 - Image: AudiAutomotive News reported there would be an additional 26,040 vehicles recalled in Canada after speaking with an Audi representative. 

“The recall is in response to an oversensitivity of the passenger occupant detection system (PODS) connecting cable in the instance of a partial surface oxidation of the electrical shielding in the cable harness,” Audi said in a statement. “If this happens, the PODS will detect a malfunction and switch off the passenger airbag even though the seat may be occupied.”

Audi said it was not aware of any injuries related to the issue and was keen to note that affected cars will have their airbags disabled, not converted into a ticking time bomb.

“As designed, a warning light in the instrument panel comes on together with a warning sound and an error message is displayed in the instrument cluster,” the statement said. “The airbag indicator light shows ‘passenger airbag off.’ If this happens, customers are advised to contact an authorized Audi dealer to have the vehicle inspected/repaired without delay.”

Owners who have recalled cars can ring 800-893-5298 or visit the NHTSA’swebsite for more information. But the official recall will commence next month. As usual, the manufacturer will inspect and repair affected vehicles free of charge. Interestingly, the repair doesn’t involve replacing the rusty wires but rather updating the software that controls the airbag.

[Image: Audi]


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