Audi's parent company, Volkswagen, has issued a recall for 2012 models of the Audi A6. At issue is a flaw in the head-curtain airbag, which might prevent that device from deploying in the event of an accident.
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall is focused on A6 models manufactured between April 8 and May 26, 2011. In those units, the seams in the head-curtain airbag may not have been stitched properly, which may, in turn, keep the airbag from firing during a crash. Depending on the nature and severity of the accident, that could dramatically increase the risk of injury for vehicle occupants. In all, some 317 vehicles are affected by the recall.
Volkswagen expects to notify A6 owners about the recall in January. At that time, they'll be able to take their vehicles to an Audi dealer, who will replace the left and/or right curtain airbag free of charge.
If you think you own one of the recalled vehicles and have questions in the meantime, we suggest you call your local Audi dealer, or ring Volkswagen at 800-822-8987. Alternately, you can call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and reference recall #11V580000.