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Volkswagen Group of America (VW) will recall more than 100,000 Audi vehicles suffering from defective airbag systems.
The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer sent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) a safety recall report on June 4, 2018 stating they will recall 139,249 vehicles including the 2016-2018 Audi S6, 2016-2018 Audi S7, 2016-2018 Audi A7, 2012-2015 Audi A7, 2013-2015 Audi A6, 2013-2015 Audi S7, 2016-2018 Audi A6 Sedan, 2012-2015 Audi A6 Sedan, and 2014-2018 Audi RS7 vehicles built between Jan. 27, 2011 and April 30, 2018.
The affected vehicles contain seats equipped with the Passenger Occupant Detection System control module. These modules detect when a passenger is seated and controls proper airbag deployment in a crash – when operating normally. However the affected vehicles’ PODS systems can malfunction because of stress and wear factors degrading internal connectors inside them. This can affect proper airbag deployment, increasing injury risk during a crash.
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VW filed a recall chronology stating they received an increased number of failure claims in September 2016, after which they initiated a parts investigation to identify the malfunction’s cause. Audi’s Product Safety Committee began reviewing the investigation in January 2018 and on May 28, 2018 decided to conduct a safety recall.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a PODS system repair kit free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 31, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 74D5. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.