Volkswagen Passat, Golf and Audi A3: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 230 model-year 2012-15 Volkswagen Passat sedans, model-year 2011-14 Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks, and model-year 2011-13 Audi A3 sedans and hatchbacks thought to have been previously repaired under one of the Takata airbag recalls

The Problem: The driver’s side airbag inflator may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. The explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver’s side airbag inflators for free.

What Owners Should Do: Audi manufacturer Volkswagen will begin notifying owners by the end of December. Owners can call VW at 800-893-5298, 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.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer. To check for other recalls, and to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership, click here: Audi A3; Volkswagen Golf; Volkswagen Passat

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