Audi Recalls 850,000 A4 Models Built after 2012 for Airbag Problem

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Audi, the world's second largest premium car company by volume, has just announced that it discovered a potentially serious problem with the airbags on its bread and butter executive car, the A4. According to them, a recall of around 850,000 A4 models that were assembled after 2012 will be conducted.
The recall has no connection with the millions of cars recalled worldwide because of Japanese airbag supplier Takata Corp. It's actually Audi's own software that's malfunctioning and could prevent airbags from properly deploying in case of a crash.

The story first caught our attention in German media reports that claim 150,000 units of the total affected are still in the country where they were assembled. After discovering the software problem, the company's Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm assembly lines have adjusted their software systems.

It's also being reported that 250,000 of the recalled A4 models are in China. Sedan, estate and long wheelbase versions are all affected. At the time of writing, Audi USA just issued its own statement, saying that 101,900 A4s from model years 2013, 2014 and 2015 are affected.

Takata's name is now linked to 7.8 million US vehicles recalled that may launch shrapnel at vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. BMW, Honda, Ford, GM, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota are all involves. It's perhaps understandably why Audi wants to make it very clear that its faulty airbags have nothing to do with this mess.
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