German automaker Audi will recall more than 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. over defects with airbags that could injure or kill passengers and coolant pumps that could catch fire. Forms the car company filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and published by the agency indicate that coolant pumps could clog and catch fire in more than 340,000 vehicles of multiple model types with powerful two-liter TFSI engines. That problem can be solved with a free software update that will cut power to the coolant pump and alert drivers if it becomes clogged, the company said.
A second notice said 234,000 Audi Q5 crossover SUVs between model years 2011 and 2017 were recalled starting in February to replace or protect their side curtain airbag canisters. Problems with the vehicles’ panoramic sunroof drainage systems could dampen and corrode the airbag canisters, Audi said. “If this happens, the airbag canister could fracture without airbag deployment, propelling fragments into the passenger compartment, striking and causing serious injury to vehicle occupants,” the notice said. The Q5 airbag problem, which Audi first observed in cars in China and Israel last year, will require the cars to be partly dissembled by dealerships so the airbag canisters can be inspected and possibly replaced. The issue was addressed in the manufacturing process in July by adding a plastic liner around the canisters.
Nearly half of the Audi vehicles affected by the coolant-pump problem are also Q5s, with almost 146,000 such vehicles of model years 2013 to 2017 impacted. About 105,000 Audi A4 sedans spanning model years 2013 to 2016 will also need the software update, with the balance of affected vehicles made up of A5s, A5 Cabriolets, A6s and A4 Allroad vehicles built over a similar timespan with the two-liter TFSI engines.
Another notice published on the NHTSA’s website recently said 33,421 Audi cars with defective passenger seat airbag inflators made by the scandal-wracked Japanese airbag supplier Takata would also be recalled. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures, high humidity and frequent temperature fluctuations, or cycling, increases the risk of the canister exploding into fragments that could injure or kill a passenger in an accident, said the notice, which was dated Jan. 20. Audi, a unit of the German automaker Volkswagen AG, began notifying dealers and owners of the Takata-related recall in February.
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