2012 Audi A7 driving.
Audi A7

Audi is recalling 139,249 sedans to fix a faulty sensor that may prevent a vehicle’s front passenger airbag from deploying in a crash.

The affected vehicles include the 2012 to 2018 A7 and A6, 2013 to 2018 S6 and S7, and 2014 to 2018 RS7.

The issue is caused by wear to a passenger occupant detection system, which determines whether someone is sitting in the front passenger seat. If the sensor has become worn, it might not deploy as expected in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Only vehicles with standard seats are included in the recall; cars with upgraded seats are not affected, NHTSA says.

The vehicle’s airbag warning light will illuminate if a malfunction occurs. In addition, the passenger airbag indicator light will show that the airbag is turned off even if someone is sitting in the front passenger seat.

Details of the Audi Recall

Vehicles recalled: 139,249 models from 2012 through 2018 model years, all built with basic seats. Specifically:

  • 2012 to 2015 A6 sedans built from April 4, 2011, through Dec. 23, 2014
  • 2016 to 2018 A6 sedans built from Oct. 29, 2014, through April 30, 2018
  • 2012 to 2015 A7 sedans built from Jan. 27, 2011, through Jan. 31, 2015
  • 2016 to 2018 A7 sedans built from Oct. 31, 2014, through April 6, 2018
  • 2013 to 2015 S6 sedans built from June 25, 2012, through Dec. 18, 2014
  • 2016 to 2018 S6 sedans built from Feb. 6, 2015, through April 26, 2018
  • 2016 to 2018 S7 sedans built from Feb. 7, 2015, through March 23, 2018
  • 2013 to 2015 S7 sedans built from June 27, 2012, through Feb. 12, 2015
  • 2014 to 2018 RS7 sedans built from July 25, 2013, through April 4, 2018

CR members can stay up to date on their car recalls using our Car Recall Tracker.

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The problem: Because of stress and wear over time, a passenger occupant detection system (PODS) “may not make the correct airbag deployment decision for the type of occupant seated there” in the event of a crash, according to NHTSA. This could lead to injury or death.

The fix: Audi dealers will install free of charge a replacement PODS with a protective cover for improved reliability.

How to contact the manufacturer: Audi will start notifying affected owners July 31, 2018. Owners may contact Audi at 800-253-2834.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V370000. Audi’s own recall number is 74D5.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the NHTSA website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

2012 Audi A6 driving at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center.
Audi A6