Vehicles Affected: Approximately 106,800 model-year 2000-01 Audi TT roadsters, model-year 2000 TT coupes, model-year 1999 A8 sedans, model-year 1998-2000 A6 sedans and model-year 1999-2000 A4 sedans
The Problem: Manufactured without appropriate seals, front driver-side Takata airbag inflators with non-azide propellant, or NADI, may allow air and moisture to leak into the inflators over an extended period, causing propellant degradation and an abnormal deployment in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Unrelated to the better-known Takata crisis that has plagued automaker lineups for most of the past decade, this issue with NADI inflators predates the non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate propellant that was at the root of the larger Takata recall. It is, however, related to sizable recalls from BMW in December and Honda and Toyota in January.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver frontal airbag inflator with an alternative inflator when the parts become available for free. Audi parent company Volkswagen will begin notifying owners March 27.
What Owners Should Do: Audi manufacturer Volkswagen will begin notifying owners March 27. Owners can call Audi at 800-253-2834, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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