Audi is recalling more than 62,000 vehicles for defective driver’s-side Takata airbags that could cause serious or even fatal injuries to vehicle occupants.
According to Consumer Reports, the recalled vehicles have faulty driver’s-side airbag inflators that might not work properly due to excessive moisture. In the event of a crash, the airbags may not deploy properly or deploy with too much force, both of which could cause serious or fatal injuries.
This vehicle recall includes about 62,000 TT coupe, TT convertible, and A4 and S4 sedans and wagons from 2002. The Takata airbags in this recall are of a different design compared to those included in the much larger recall of Takata airbags made between 2002 and 2015.
The airbags in these Audi vehicles have what is known as non-azide driver frontal airbag inflators or NADI. Some vehicles with similar airbags were already recalled in 2020. Audi conducted internal testing and determined that all vehicles with Takata NADI airbags should have their airbags replaced. They issued this recent recall to include vehicles that weren’t recalled in last year’s campaign.
Although some NADI airbags have caused injuries by underinflating or rupturing, Audi told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is unaware of any ruptures or failures of the specific style of NADI airbags installed in Audi vehicles. The recall will begin in August. Dealerships will replace the faulty airbags with new models of a different design at no cost to vehicle owners. For more information, contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
Takata airbag inflators have been responsible for accidents involving severe and catastrophic injuries and fatalities. There are still millions of vehicles out on our roadways with these dangerous airbags, and those who drive them don’t even know it. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a faulty Takata airbag inflator, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the automaker and the manufacturer of the defective airbag.
If you have lost a loved one, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering, and loss of love, care, and companionship. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.