69Q3 – Frontal Air Bag may deploy too Forcibly/FMVSS 208 – 2017 Audi A3 and S3 Sedan

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Audi A3 and S3 Sedan vehicles.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V196

Manufacturer  Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected  11,618

Frontal Air Bag may deploy too Forcibly/FMVSS 208

If the air bag deploys with more force than intended, it can increase the risk of injury.

Summary

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Audi A3 and S3 Sedan vehicles.

In a lower-speed crash situation, the air bag control unit software may deploy the passenger frontal air bag improperly if the front seat passenger is sitting on the edge of the seat or is laying in the seat with the seat reclined.

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

Remedy:

Audi will notify owners, and dealers will update the air bag control module software, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in April 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.

Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 69Q3.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  www.safercar.gov.

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