More Older Audis Recalled for Takata Airbag Issues
The recall follows an earlier campaign to replace airbags that might cause injuries in a crash
Audi is recalling over 62,000 vehicles from the 2000 through 2002 model years to replace faulty Takata driver’s-side airbags that could cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants. The recalled vehicles include the TT coupe, TT convertible, and A4 and S4 sedans and wagons.
According to documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by Takata, these airbags may allow too much moisture in, which could cause the airbags to deploy without enough force or with too much force to protect occupants in a crash. Both situations could cause serious injuries and death.
The Takata airbags in this recall are of a different design from those included in the much larger recall of Takata airbags made between 2002 and 2015. The airbags in these Audis have what are called non-azide driver frontal airbag inflators (NADI). Vehicles with similar airbags were already recalled in 2020.
After internal testing, Audi determined that all vehicles with Takata NADI airbags should have their airbags replaced, and issued today’s recall to include vehicles that weren’t recalled in last year’s campaign. Although some NADI airbags have caused injuries by rupturing or underinflating, Audi told NHTSA it is unaware of any ruptures or failures of the specific style of NADI airbags installed in Audi vehicles.
Audi says the recall should begin in August.
• 2000 through 2001 Audi TT roadsters manufactured between Feb. 8, 2000, and Sept. 12, 2000
• 2000 through 2001 Audi TT coupes manufactured between Jan. 10, 2000, and Sept. 1, 2000
• 2000 through 2002 Audi A4 and S4 sedans and wagons manufactured between Jan. 10, 2000, and Aug. 13, 2001.
The problem: These vehicles have faulty driver’s-side airbag inflators that might not work properly because of excessive moisture. In a crash, the airbags might not deploy correctly, or they could deploy with too much force. Both conditions could cause serious injury.
The fix: Dealerships will replace the faulty airbags with new models of a different design, free of charge.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Audi customer service at 800-253-2834.
NHTSA campaign number: 21V470. Volkswagen’s own number for this recall is 69CJ.
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 open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.