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Volkswagen recalls Audi A, S & R series vehicles

The passenger front airbag inflator may explode

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Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 237,947 model year 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedans, A4 Avants, S4 Avants & S4 Sedans, model year 2007-2008 RS4 Sedans, model year 2004 RS4 Cabriolets, model year 2007-2009 A4 Cabriolets & S4 Cabriolets, model year 2005-2011 A6 Sedans, model year 2006-2011 A6 Avants, and model year 2007-2011 S6 Sedans.

The vehicles have certain airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front airbag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger front airbag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

What to do

Audi has notified owners, and dealers will replace the passenger front airbag with an alternate remedy part, free of charge.

The recall began June 29, 2018.

Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69R7.

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