Q5 Recalled to Stop Side Airbag Explosions

Audi is recalling 234,000 of the 2011-2017 Q5 SUVs because their side airbags can explode into pieces, potentially doing more harm than good. While this sounds a whole lot like the Takata fiasco, this problem isn’t related.

I can’t tell if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. From CarComplaints.com:

If the water drainage system of the panoramic sunroof becomes damaged, water could enter the side head airbag canister and be absorbed by the foam around the inflator. The moisture can cause corrosion of the airbag inflator and fracture the metal canister even without the airbag deploying.

Moisture is the culprit once again. I’m one story away from just filling my car with rice and calling it a day.