Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 45,496 of the following vehicles:
- Model year 2021 Volkswagen ID4s and
- Audi A4 Allroads, A4 Sedans, A5 Cabriolets, A5 Coupes, A5 Sportbacks, A6 Allroads, A6 Sedans, A7s, A8s, E-Tron Quattros, E-Tron Sportback Quattros, Q3s, Q5s, Q5 Sportbacks, Q7s, Q8s, RS5 Sportbacks, RS5 Coupes, RS6 Avants, RS7s, RSQ8s, S4 Sedans, S5 Cabriolets, S5 Coupes, S5 Sportbacks, S6 Sedans, S7s, S8s, SQs5, SQ5 Sportbacks, SQ7s, SQ8s, and
- Model year 2021-2022 Audi S3 Sedans.
The rear seat belt automatic locking retractors may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly. An unsecured child restraint system can increase the risk of injury during a crash.
What to do
Dealers will inspect, and replace --as necessary -- the middle-rear seat belt assemblies free of charge.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 1, 2021.
Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at (800)893-5298 and Audi customer service at (800) 253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 69CR (VW) and 69CS (Audi).