Audi has recalled nearly a million cars due to a software problem in the airbag that causes the airbag to fail to deploy during an accident. The recall specifically identifies 850,000 vehicles, and specifically states that airbags could fail to deploy properly. This round of issues regarding airbags is not associated with Takata.
The recall is a global one that extends far beyond the United States. The global recall includes roughly 102,000 cars from the United States. The issue that was found, was noted during quality testing, and was not related or linked to any accidents, injuries, or deaths. The repair to the impacted vehicles will only take about 20 minutes, according to the company, for each car.
A small investment of time, when looking at the impact that the failure could have if the vehicle is in an accident. Initially, when the recall broke through the news, it was widely expected that this would be yet another recall that was at the hands of Takata, the Japanese company responsible for making the airbags that have been failing, and causing injury to those impacted.
Federal safety regulators warned in the beginning of the week that everyone driving an affected vehicle should act quickly, and get the recall taken care of as soon as possible, but ultimately the products were not available to get the problem resolved immediately. So, many customers have been left waiting. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website allows anyone to search impacted vehicles by vehicle identification number to determine whether their vehicle was a part of the recall.
Right now it would appear as though the only vehicles that Audi produced that were a part of the software error that causes the failure of the airbag are A4’s. Furthermore, it only impacts models from the 2013 year to the 2015 year, which is a relatively small window – looking at it in the big picture. Also, these are many vehicles that are still under traditional warranties, by and large.
Regulators as a whole, as well as lawmakers are arguing for greater checks and balances to ensure that these types of issues do not occur, and to make our roads safer. In addition, many are calling for greater transparency when it comes to issues related to vehicles that are failing to meet standards, and avoid falling into recall.