The unknown reason for an error with the passenger detection system prompted Audi to recall all A3 fashions constructed for the 2015-2020 mannequin years, in keeping with an announcement from mother or father firm Volkswagen Group of America earlier this month.
The passenger occupant detection system (PODS) can malfunction and swap off the passenger facet airbag even with a passenger within the entrance seat. A warning mild illuminates within the instrument panel together with an error message and sound alert. Within the occasion of a crash, the passenger airbag will not deploy, rising the chance of harm. The warnings can vanish as randomly as they seem, and when the error disappears the passenger facet airbag will work as designed.
Audi says the A3 is protected to drive, with a caveat. If the warnings seem, Audi recommends to not use the passenger seat. Regardless of a recall in September 2019 to repair the problem, Audi has not been in a position to detect what’s triggering the error codes. The basis trigger stays unknown, so Audi is recalling all A3 fashions from mannequin years 2015-2020 “out of an abundance of warning,” the automaker mentioned in paperwork filed with the NHTSA.
The expanded recall covers 153,152 fashions:
2015-2020 Audi A3
2015-2019 Audi A3 Cabriolet
2016-2018 Audi A3 E-Tron
2017-2020 Audi RS3
Audi skipped the 2021 A3 mannequin yr, and is predicted to debut a redesigned 2022 mannequin. The redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, 2022 Infiniti QX60, and 2022 Acura MDX skipped the 2021 mannequin yr as nicely.
The Audi A3 recall expands on marketing campaign 19V-474, and any A3 fashions fastened underneath that recall should return for one more repair. Homeowners can count on notification as early as Could 21 or go to Audi’s recall web site or name 1-800-253-2834. Audi’s quantity for this recall is 69BY.