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Audi Recalls 21,000 Vehicles

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On: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 11:54AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Audi Recalls 21,000 Vehicles

Audi's parent company Volkswagen Group of America has issued a recall of 21,074 models in all due to a defect in the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS).  Models affected are Audi A6 models produced between March 28, 2011 through March 19, 2013 and Audi A7 models made between January 25, 2011 through March 19, 2013. This recall affects models that were equipped with heated and cooled seats. It seems that the PODS may not recognize that there is a person in the passenger seat, which in turn may not activate the front passenger airbags, which would cause the air bags not to deploy in the event of a crash. Obviously, this defect presents a clear danger to passengers and could cause significant injury without the benefit of an air bag.

Volkswagen has said it will notify owners of the issue and will bring in the affected car and repair the PODS appropriately. There will be no cost to owners, and the recall is expected to begin next month. Owners may call Audi at 1-800-253-2834 with questions or to schedule a free fix. Read on for the full report ...

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V823000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 21,074
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Audi A6 vehicles manufactured March 28, 2011, to March 25, 2013, and 2012-2013 Audi A7 vehicles manufactured January 25, 2011, to March 19, 2013. In vehicles with heated and cooled seats, the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS), used to enable the front passenger air bags, may malfunction and prevent the passenger-side air bags from deploying in a crash.

An air bag that does not deploy as intended increases the risk of occupant injury in a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and Audi dealers will install a PODS system repair kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2016. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 74D1.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.



boverton72 | 1:14PM (Mon, Jun 19, 2017)

I have this issue with my 2012 Audi a6, but they say my VIN isn't covered in the recall, but I have the exact same issue. Looks like only ones with heated and cooled seats are covered, mine are just heated, but I have the same problem and they won't fix. They won't explain what the problem is, and are wanting $1500 to fix it...

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