Audi is recalling 208,332 model year 2017-2020 A4 Allroads & A4 Sedans, model year 2018-2019 RS5 Coupes, model year 2019 RS5 Sportbacks, model year 2018-2020 A5 Cabriolets, A5 Coupes, A5 Sportbacks, S4 Sedans, S5 Cabriolets, S5 Coupes, and S5 Sportbacks.
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 airbag.
A disabled passenger airbag increases the risk of an injury during a crash.
What to do
Dealers will replace the connecting cable and either the heating mat or the entire seat cover free of charge.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on January 7, 2022.
Owners may contact Audi customer service at (800) 253-2834. Audi's number for this recall is 74E3.
As this is an expansion of an earlier recall, vehicles previously repaired at that time will need to return for the new remedy.