Common Airbags And Seat Belts Problems

  1. Takata Recalls

    A large number of Audi vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).

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Where Airbags And Seat Belts Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Recent Airbags And Seat Belts News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. Audi and Volkswagen are recalling 119,000 vehicles to replace dangerous Takata airbag inflators.

    This campaign is part of an industry-wide effort involving more than a dozen automakers and 1.7 million vehicles. The chemical inside of Takata airbag inflators can become unstable over time, leading to violent and sometimes deadly airbag deployments. The recall is for both driver and passenger side inflators in the 2017 R8 and 2016-2017 TT.

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  2. Audi may have forgotten to properly tighten an airbag module’s mounting screws, prompting a recall in a tiny number of vehicles. Twelve!

    The affected vehicles are the 2018 A5 Sportback and 2017-2018 A4 allroad. At this point it’s unclear if they’ll need to recall all sold vehicles to find the unlucky 12.

    The recall should begin on January 26, 2019.

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  3. The 2nd generation A5 has a new 7-speed dual-clutch that helps get the car from 0-60 is 5.6 seconds.

    But before dropping that accelerator to the floor, you’ll want to get the head-curtain airbags fixed.

    The automaker says the cars were built with head curtain airbag assemblies that may fail to unfold properly in a crash … Audi says the curtain airbags can get caught on the trim of the A-pillars due to excess fabric on the airbags.

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  4. I'm no laundry-folding expert (just ask my wife), but if I were folding something other than t-shirts – something like, say, an airbag – I would pay close attention.

    I'm guessing Audi wishes its airbag supplier would do the same.

    The automaker has to recall 17,700 A7 cars because the supplier didn't properly fold the head-curtain airbags. That means they might bind, not properly inflate, and generally do a terrible job at protecting occupants in a car crash.…

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  5. Airbags keep finding ways to harm us, this time with their strict restrictions on posture.

    Turns out the passenger airbags in the Audi A3 and S3 can deploy incorrectly if you're lounging back or sitting on the edge of your seat.

    The problem only happens during low-speed crashes and can be traced to a software bug.…

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  6. For the love of everything, is there an airbag out there that's not trying to kill us these days?

    We all know about Takata, the airbag supplier which made moisture-sensitive, death traps that are responsible for worldwide panic. Well, not to be outdone we're now looking at recalls for Autoliv airbags, another supplier that's not doing a good job. From CarComplaints.com:

    "In December 2016, Autoliv told VW about problems with the airbags, specifically about airbag igniters in the front passenger airbag modules. The airbag module igniters have a generant mix ratio that may not be up to standards and specifications, causing the igniters to fail and causing failure of the airbags to deploy."…

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  7. 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."…

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  8. Audi is recalling some 2017 Q7 airbags because they can "deploy with too much force and injure occupants" which sort of defeats the point.

    It's just another day, another set of Audi airbags that are doing more harm than good.…

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  9. About 217,000 Audi vehicles will be recalled to replace passenger-side airbag inflators that could explode and send pieces of metal into vehicle occupants.

    "The recall is part of massive Takata airbag recalls ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration consisting of 35-40 million vehicles in addition to about 29 million vehicles already recalled."…

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  10. VW has issued a recall for 850,000 vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators, 170,000 of which belong to Audi.

    "Volkswagen says the driver's side frontal airbags use "non-desiccated" SDI and PSDI-5 Takata inflators. Non-desiccated simply means they aren't protected from moisture. That moisture is at the heart of the exploding airbags, as it's believed moisture affects the explosive chemical used to deploy the airbags."…

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  11. VW says 734 model year 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan and Audi Q5 vehicles have seat-mounted airbags that could explode on the front driver or passenger side.

    "In June 2015, VW learned of an accident involving a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan where the Takata side airbag inflator exploded and injured the driver under the left arm. VW later ordered a large scale analysis of airbag parts after two failed tests occurred at Takata."…

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  12. Do you sit in your car's seats? Yeah, of course you do. But it turns out if you own certain Audi cars, that could be a problem.

    "Audi is recalling about 21,000 A6 and A7 cars equipped with heated/cooled seats ... with passenger occupant detection system modules that can malfunction. Audi says stress and wear can cause problems with an internal connector or body-sensing mat inside the front passenger seat."…

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  13. No Audi vehicles have been recalled for Takata airbags ... yet.

    But news of another death caused by the defective inflators has the community on edge.

    "NHTSA says the death occurred to a teenage boy who was behind the wheel of a 2001 Honda Accord. Early reports suggest the boy was only 13 and had taken the car for an unauthorized joy ride, running off the road and striking a tree."

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  14. Some Audi vehicles will only give you half the airbags you need during a bad crash.

    Audi discovered a problem during routine testing in August 2014 when it found an improper algorithm in the air bag control module. Audi found if a crash triggers the deployment of the side air bags, a second impact to the front of the vehicle may not trigger the front air bags to deploy.

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