Takata Airbag Recall: Volkswagen and Audi Recall 850,000 Cars

14_Volkswagen_Passat_Recall.jpg 2014 Volkswagen Passat | Manufacturer image

CARS.COM — Volkswagen Group today announced that it is recalling about 850,000 cars equipped with potentially defective airbag inflators manufactured by Japan’s Takata Corp. This latest action is part of a considerable expansion in January of the massive ongoing recall of Takata airbag inflators linked to nine deaths in the U.S. alone.

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The models included in the latest recall include models from both its Audi and VW brands, according to the automaker and the Detroit News:

  • 2006-10 Passat sedans and wagons (manufactured in Germany)
  • 2012-14 Eos convertibles
  • 2010-14 Golf hatchbacks
  • 2010-14 Passats (manufactured in the U.S.)
  • 2009-14 CC sedans
  • 2005-15 Audi A3
  • 2006-09 A4 convertibles
  • 2009-12 Q5 SUVs
  • 2010-11 Audi A5 convertibles

These vehicles may have driver-side airbags that use non-desiccated (non-moisture-protected) SDI and PSDI-5 inflators from Takata. These airbag inflators could cause serious problems such as rupturing in a crash, propelling metal fragments into driver or other occupants and resulting in serious injury or death.

“Volkswagen is not aware of any ruptured SDI or PSDI-5 inflator in any Volkswagen Group vehicle worldwide,” the automaker said in a statement.

On Jan. 22, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it had added 5 million airbag inflators to the growing list of  defective Takata airbag recalls of affected vehicles. Volkswagen was among the three additional vehicle manufacturers, along with Audi and Mercedes-Benz, that NHTSA identified that were not previously included in the Takata recalls. On Friday, Volkswagen and Audi recalled about 750 model-year 2015 Tiguan and Q5 SUVs under the latest Takata action. The action brings the total vehicles to be recalled for the Takata airbag defect to more than 21 million.

Volkswagen said it will notify owners of vehicles affected by the latest recall and instruct them to arrange for an appointment with a dealer to replace the faulty safety component. The automaker did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 for more info. Owners can also call the NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to, for more info.

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