Volkswagen Group of America has announced a recall of select 2017 Audi Q7 SUVs. Some of those vehicles may be equipped with software that could cause the frontal airbags to deploy with excessive force during a collision.
Though that might sound slightly less dangerous than reports of Takata's exploding airbags, airbags deployed with too much force can result in serious injuries to vehicle occupants. Thankfully, Audi has received no reports of injuries resulting from the problem to date.
The recall affects 2017 Audi Q7 vehicles manufactured between August 30, 2015 and May 8, 2016. Volkswagen estimates that 14,535 SUVs in the U.S. will need to be repaired.
Volkswagen will mail recall notices to owners, instructing them to schedule service with their local Audi dealerships. The repair process includes an update to the Q7's airbag control module, which will be conducted at no charge to owners.
If you have questions about this recall, you're asked to call Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834 and inquire about recall #69O3. You can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask for information about safety campaign #16V519000.