Overall, the A8 L is a very pleasant car with a sporty feel. It was the only sedan in this class to come with standard all-wheel drive. It's also quick and extremely quiet, with a roomy, impressively finished cabin. Handling is fairly nimble. The Multi Media Interface (MMI) multifunction control system is more intuitve than most of its ilk, but still complicated and distracting.
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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
Aug 31, 2006
LOSS OF FRONTAL AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT COULD OCCUR WHICH CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY IN A FRONTAL CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, DURING PRODUCTION OF THE DRIVER'S FRONTAL AIR BAG, THE AIR BAG MAY NOT UNFOLD PROPERLY IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH AND THEREFORE MAY NOT INFLATE AS DESIGNED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW DRIVER'S FRONTAL AIR BAG FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 6, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AUDI AT 1-800-822-2834.
For more information:
VW RECALL NO. JQ.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V324000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7674
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