• Audi Recalls Vehicles Due To Defective Airbags
  • December 11, 2014 | Author: Stephen J. Burg
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
  • Vehicle manufacturer Audi is recalling 102,000 cars in the U.S. because of a software problem that affects the airbags, according to The New York Times. The software defect causes the airbags to fail to deploy properly when needed in 2013-15 A4s, S4 and Allroad models.

    Audi found the problem during routine standard quality testing and no accidents or injuries have been reported. According to The Detroit Bureau, Audi will issue a recall for the affected vehicles in order to warn consumers and provide information on how the issue can be fixed for free. The software can be repaired in approximately 20 minutes.

    Other airbag recalls
    Audi's defect is not the same issue currently affecting more than 7 million cars and trucks in the U.S. because of defective Takata airbags. Those airbags can unexpectedly deploy and send metal shrapnel into the car, and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues a consumer advisory on Oct. 22 warning people with vehicles with Takata airbags to get them replaced immediately.

    Airbags an important safety measure
    Since 2008, The Detroit Bureau found after reviewing federal records of the Center for Auto Safety that 16.5 million vehicles have been recalled due to airbag issues. Half of these have been related to Takata airbags.

    While the rise in airbag recalls may seem concerning, industry professionals say it is not entirely surprising. More recalls have occurred over time because more airbags are being used in vehicles. While it is important to address the issues, a reduction in the use of airbags is not a good idea because they are important safety features.

    "The bigger picture from the research we've done over the years is that airbags are performing very well," said Russ Rader, a senior vice president with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, according to The Detroit Bureau.