A notice by Audi has been posted online by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) relating to the Audi A4 and S4 from the 2013 through 2015 model years. Volkswagen AG said that more than 100,000 late-model Audi cars need to be fixed. The company says that a software flaw means frontal air bags in the Audi A4 and S4 from the 2013 through 2015 model years may not deploy in crashes when the side air bags have already fired.
Reprogramming the software should take about 20 minutes at dealerships, according to Audi. Automakers should take all necessary steps to resolve defects before they escalate into major safety crises. Audi claims this flaw is different from the Takata defect, which involves air bags inflating with so much force they can explode, sending shrapnel toward front-seat passengers. Apparently, Audi discovered its air-bag software flaw in its cars during testing and “ongoing field observations” in August. That triggered analysis of crashes in Europe where air bags had deployed. Ingolstadt, Germany-based Audi decided on a U.S. recall in October after analysis and test simulations. It should be noted that Audi informed the U.S. government of the safety concerns.
Source: Bloomberg News
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