Audi Recalls 102,000 Vehicles to Fix Air Bags

Nov 05, 2014 10:03 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

Audi will recall approximately 102,000 luxury vehicles in the U.S. since the front air bags may not inflate properly in the event of a crash.

The recall covers select A4 and S4 vehicles released for the 2013 through 2015 model years, plus the 2013 through 2015 Audi all-road model, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Audi says the recall is part of a wider global recall that the automaker confirmed last week, which covered nearly 850,000 vehicles from the 2013 to 2015 model years.

"We are looking into a number of accidents to see if the air bag was involved," an Audi spokesman said back in October.

Audi dealers are being instructed to update an improperly programmed air bag control module to fix the problem.

Notices should be sent out by Audi to owners regarding the recall sometime later this month.

The automaker confirmed on Wednesday that in rare cases the air bags may not inflate in a secondary impact. This issue increases the risk of injury.

No crashes or injuries have been reported in Europe or in the U.S., an Audi spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press.

Audi is still looking into a small number of cases in Europe to find out if they are linked to air bag programming.

The problem was discovered when tests were being completed back in August, according to documents posted by U.S. safety regulators.

Almost a dozen global automakers have recalled millions of cars in connection with the Takata air bag, including Audi rival BMW AG , which has recalled 1.6 million cars.

Audi said the airbags were not made by Japan's Takata Corp, which is in the middle of a number of recalls over air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants.

The recall is expected to begin Nov. 11, according to NHTSA.

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