Problematic airbags in Volkswagen and Audi

Problematic airbags in Volkswagen and Audi


Believe it or not, we’re not done hearing about those airbag devices that can explode in a crash. Volkswagen Canada recently issued a recall covering several models but, fortunately, a limited number of units, ie 202.

More specifically, it covers the Volkswagen Golf (including the Golf GTI, Golf R and Golf Sportwagen) as well as the 2016 Audi A3, A3 e-tron, S3 and TT.

In some cases, the front passenger airbag inflator may rupture under pressure and throw fragments toward the occupants, as well as fail to fully inflate.

Twenty people have died since 2013 in road accidents around the world linked to equipment made by Japan’s Takata group, prompting the recall of at least 100 million vehicles of all brands.

Affected owners should take their vehicle to a dealer to have the air bag module replaced.

Photo: Frédérick Boucher-Gaulin

Speaking of airbags and Volkswagen, earlier this year the automaker recalled 23,000 2019-2022 Atlas and 2020-2022 Atlas Cross Sport because the front door wiring harness can be damaged and cause a delay before the side airbags deploy. . collision. Corrective actions for this recall are still being developed.

Additionally, about 1,500 model year 2022 Audi A3s and S3s may have a front passenger airbag that was improperly deployed at the factory and therefore may not deploy properly in the event of a crash. Here, the airbag in question must be replaced.

If you’re considering any of the models listed above, make sure the fix has been made and check for any other recalls that have been issued, either by checking the Volkswagen website or Transport Canada recalls.