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850,000 copies of the Audi A4 recalled over non-deploying airbags

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On: Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 11:47AM | By: Teddy Field


850,000 copies of the Audi A4 recalled over non-deploying airbags

Hot on the heels of the Takata airbag debacle, Audi issues a massive global recall of one its most popular models. It seems that the airbags in the 2013 –2015 Audi A4 can fail to deploy in an accident, leading to the potential of major injuries and death. And shamed airbag producer Takata had nothing to do with this malfunction.

Of the 850,000 A4s recalled, 101,900 of them were sold in the United States. The recall covers 2013 –2015 Audi A4 and Audi allroad models that were manufactured between November 2011 and September 2014. The problem stems from a faulty line of code in the car’s ECU. In extreme cases, this software glitch can prevent the airbags from being deployed in an accident. Audi USA says that no accidents or injuries related to the problem have been reported in the U.S.

Audi is notifying owners of the problem, and dealers will reprogram the car’s ECU with a corrected line of code. The fix is said to take less than 20 minutes to perform. Audi has already adjusted production at the A4 plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, installing the new software in each 2015 Audi A4 coming off the line.

This recall follows the 7.8-million car recall to fix faulty airbag Takata deployment canisters, which can explode, sending metal shrapnel into the car’s cabin.




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