Audi A3 recall includes the 2017 Audi A3 sedan

Audi is recalling 138,000 of its 2015-2019 A3 cars because an electrical connector can malfunction and deactivate the front passenger-side airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Should this problem occur, the “passenger airbag off” warning will illuminate on the dashboard and the airbag would not deploy in a collision, increasing the risk of injury.

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Audi dealers will repair any new or used vehicles they still have in inventory. Not every A3 within those model years is included in this recall; some versions were built with updated parts.

Owners will be notified in mid-August, with instructions to bring their cars in for repair.

The automaker advises owners who experience the problem (an error message and airbag warning light even when the front passenger seat is occupied) to take their car to their local dealership as soon as possible for inspection and repair.  

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 138,896 of its 2015-2019 A3 vehicles, including:
2015-2019 A3 Sedan
2015-2019 A3 Cabriolet (convertible)
2016-2018 A3 E-Tron (plug-in hybrid)
2017-2019 RS3 (based on the A3)
2015-2016 S3 Sedan (based on the A3)

The problem: An improper electrical contact may cause the car to detect a malfunction and deactivate the passenger airbag.

The fix: Dealers will replace the faulty electrical connector and reroute the airbag cable to avoid sharp bending. The work will be done at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Audi customer service at 800-253-2834. Audi's number for this recall is 69Z4.

NHTSA’s campaign number: 19V474 

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.  

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