Audi faces another recall and stop sale because of a potentially serious sensor problem in certain vehicles. New and used 2012-2018 A6 and A7 sedans may be equipped with a defective sensor that does not accurately detect whether a passenger is occupying the seat. The faulty sensor then prevents the airbag from deploying if a collision occurs and can cause serious injury or death to front row passengers.
According to the manufacturer, the defective models are equipped with a sensor mat on the front passenger side that can be affected by excessive stress and wear. This may disrupt the signal that denotes that a passenger is in the seat and that the airbag should be deployed in the event of a collision. Drivers whose vehicles are affected by this malfunction are advised to no longer use the passenger seat of the vehicle and to contact their dealers as soon as possible. If a car owner sees an indicator light when there is a passenger seated in the front seat, then this particular malfunction is present in the vehicle and the driver should take action.
The vehicles subject to the recall and stop sale include approximately 139,000 Audi A6s and A7s models in the United States manufactured between January 2011 and April 2018. All cars included in the recall contain standard or Super Sports seats. The recall also includes cars that are still available at dealerships. Therefore, Audi had to issue a stop sale as well for cars that have yet to be sold by dealers. The NHTSA predicts that 100 percent of the recalled cars contain this defect. Models A6 and A7 sold in other countries are not subject to the recall.
The defective sensors were first discovered in 2016 when Audi was faced with mounting claims related to the sensor. After continued investigation, the manufacturer decided a recall and stop sale was necessary. In April, Audi announced a replacement part was available for the defect. Owners of the vehicles can have their cars fixed with a replacement kit at their local dealers. There are no known deaths or injuries linked to the sensor defect.
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