Audi is recalling 1624 vehicles due to defective Takata airbags.
This recall affects older models from 1999 to 2001 with the NADI inflators – specifically, the A4, A6, A8, TT and Cabriolet.
“The propellant in the gas generator of the Takata NADI 5-AT airbag fitted to certain vehicles with 3-spoke steering wheels may degrade over time. As a result the driver airbag may deploy with reduced force,” the company says in its recall notice.
“In the event of an accident a reduced force airbag deployment could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.”
- A total of 1624 vehicles are affected
- The VIN list is attached here
- The original recall notice is attached here
This type of airbag isn’t part of the compulsory Takata airbag recall, however Audi Australia is advising owners to immediately contact an Audi dealer or the Audi Takata Information Line on 1800 856 770 to schedule an urgent inspection.
What is the Takata recall?
The recall relates to airbag inflators manufactured by now-defunct Japanese company Takata. Airbags included in the recall rely on a propellant gas that degrades when exposed to heat and humidity.
If a vehicle with a faulty inflator is involved in a crash, the metal airbag inflator housing might rupture, sending metal shrapnel shooting into the cabin.
The problem poses a serious risk of injury or death to occupants. More than 20 people have been killed globally by faulty Takata airbag inflators, including two in Australia, and more than 230 people have been seriously injured.
Although all Takata airbags are dangerous, some are more deadly than others.
Airbag inflators labelled ‘Alpha’ have a 50 per cent chance of shooting shrapnel into the cabin when deployed, although even the less dangerous ‘Beta’ airbags can be lethal.
More recently, a pool of vehicles fitted with dangerous airbags known as ‘non-azide driver inflators’ has been identified. This includes the above-mentioned Audi vehicles.
Carmakers have started buying back older cars fitted with defective Takata inflators, as it’s cheaper than sourcing and replacing an airbag replacement.
How can I check if my car is included?
Head to https://ismyairbagsafe.com.au/ and enter your number plate into the box. It will then direct you to the relevant manufacturer website.
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