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Volkswagen Group of America has announced a recall of more than 21,000 Audi A6 and A7 vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years. According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from electrical flaws that could prevent airbags from deploying during collisions.
The problems appear limited to vehicles equipped with heated and cooled seats. In those models, NHTSA says that the Passenger Occupant Detection System may disable the front passenger airbags, due to "stress/wear factors affecting an internal connector and/or a body-sensing mat in the seat". If airbags are inactive at the time of a crash, the risk of injury to a front-seat passenger would increase dramatically.
The recall is limited to the following models and dates of manufacture:
All told, the recall affects 21,074 vehicles registered in the U.S.
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Audi says that it will begin mailing recall notifications to owners in February of 2016. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Audi dealers, who will install a repair kit for the Passenger Occupant Detection System at no charge.
If you own one of these cars and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Audi customer service at 800-253-2834 and ask about recall #74D1. If you prefer, you can also contact NHTSA directly at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V823000.