According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents published this week, a total of 1,216 Audi and Volkswagen models in the United States are being recalled due to potentially exploding airbags.
Fortunately, this recall is not related to the Takata airbag recall, which resulted in the investigation of 30 million bags from vehicles manufactured between 2001 and 2019. The Takata defect has been linked to 28 deaths worldwide, including 19 in the United States.
The affected vehicles in today’s recall are all from the 2016 model year. Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 E-Tron, A3 Sedan, R8, S3 Sedan, TT Coupe, TT Roadster, Volkswagen E-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, and Golf Sportwagen are among them.
“The recalled vehicles were assembled with passenger airbag inflators manufactured in the same production batch as the affected vehicle,” NHTSA said. “The airbag inflator of one Audi A3 involved in an accident [burst] when deployed.”
Audi and Volkswagen dealers will replace the entire front-passenger airbag module in these vehicles, completely free of charge. Beginning in late September, owners will be notified by mail.