The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released the following:
Disabled Passenger Air Bag
A disabled passenger air bag increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V874000
Manufacturer Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Components SEATS, AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected 208,332
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Audi) is recalling certain 2017-2020 A4 Allroad, A4 Sedan, 2018-2019 RS5 Coupe, 2019 RS5 Sportback, 2018-2020 A5 Cabriolet, A5 Coupe, A5 Sportback, S4 Sedan, S5 Cabriolet, S5 Coupe, and Audi S5 Sportback vehicles. The cable connecting the seat heater to the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) may have a contact fault, causing the software to misdiagnose a malfunction and disable the passenger air bag.
Dealers will replace the connecting cable and either the heating mat or entire seat cover, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 7, 2022. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi’s number for this recall is 74E3. This recall is an expansion of Recall 19V-547 (74D9). Vehicles previously repaired under 19V-547 will need to return for the new remedy.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.15 Affected Products