Volkswagen will recall more than 14,500 model year 2017 Audi Q7 sport utility vehicles to fix front air bags that deploy with too much force during a crash because of a software problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced. The 14,535 vehicle recall stems from a software issue in the vehicles’ air bag control module, which causes the air bags to initiate at a force higher than allowed by federal vehicle safety standards for occupant crash protection. The increased force creates a higher risk of injury during a crash, NHTSA said. To fix the issue, Volkswagen Group of America Inc. will update the air bag control module software, free of charge to owners. The company did not say when it would begin recalling the defective Q7 vehicles or when it would begin notifying customers.
An Audi spokesperson said that the company identified the issue during testing and is not aware of any incidents related to this issue. The SUVs affected by the recall were manufactured between Aug. 30, 2015, to May 8, 2016. This is the first recall of Q7 vehicles for model year 2017. The Audi Q7 represented approximately 10 percent of the car maker’s total sales in 2015 and has accounted for more than 15 percent of sales so far from January 2016 to June 2016, according to company sales figures.
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