Audi Canada is recalling approximately 3,000 vehicles which are equipped with certain seats after determining a sensor which detects if the passenger seat is occupied may malfunction. This particular defect could potentially cause airbags in 2,672 vehicles to fail to deploy in a crash.
On some vehicles, the problem with the passenger occupant detection system may cause the airbag warning light come on. As a result, the airbag system may not be able to properly distinguish the front passenger. This could increase the likelihood of a potential injury to the front passenger.
The main affected models are the Audi A6, A7, RS7, S6 and the S7 from the years 2016-2018
In the United States, the recall is underway for 139,249 vehicles. The main issue is with sensor mat which is located in the front passenger seat. The sensor mat may experience an increased electrical resistance, which could corrupt the signals which indicate whether the seat is occupied and if the passenger side airbags should be deployed in a crash. However, no deaths, injuries or damage resulting from this defect have been reported by Audi.
Owners of the particular Audi models which are affected could tell if their vehicle is experiencing this malfunction by seeing if an indicator light is activated. The indicator light shows the passenger side airbags as being not armed and the malfunction light activates when the front passenger seat is occupied. If such occurrence does happen consumers are instructed to discontinue the use of the seat and contact their local dealership. Otherwise, the vehicles are safe to use until they can be inspected or repaired.
The solution to this malfunction is that Canadian Audi dealers will install a passenger occupant detection system repair kit as stated on Transport Canada’s website.
The sales of the A6 and A7 are down by 28.4 and 9.9% in Canada through the first six months of 2018.