Audi issues recall for more than twelve U.S. models due to potential airbag deployment failure


Audi is initiating a recall of 17 different models across the United States due to an issue with the pins within the passenger seat occupant detection system's control module, potentially impeding airbag deployment.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall notice citing incorrectly soldered pins on the seat occupant detection system's circuit board. This flaw could disrupt communication between the system's control module and the airbag control module, with vibrations exacerbating the issue. In response, the airbag control unit may enter fail-safe mode, deactivating the passenger airbag and heightening the risk of injury for occupants.

Though affecting various Audi models, the recall affects only 91 vehicles in the US, including:

- 2023 Audi S5 Cabriolet

- 2023 Audi A4 Allroad

- 2024 Audi A8

- 2024 Audi E-Tron Quattro

- 2024 Audi E-Tron Sportback Quattro

- 2023-2024 Audi Q3

- 2023-2024 Audi Q5

- 2023 Audi Q5 Sportback

- 2023-2024 Audi Q7

- 2024 Audi Q8

- 2023 Audi A3 Sedan

- 2024 Audi RS Q8

- 2023 Audi S5 Sportback

- 2023 Audi SQ7

- 2023 Audi TT Coupe

- 2023 Audi TT Roadster

- 2023 Audi RS5 Sportback

Owners should be vigilant for an illuminated yellow airbag warning light on the dashboard, indicating the issue. Audi plans to replace the affected vehicles' passenger seat occupant detection system control module by or before May 31, 2024.

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