Certain 2017 to 2019 A4/S4 and A5/S5/RS5 models are affected
A cable for the heated seats could disable the passenger airbag
A warning message would show on the dashboard if the airbag is off
Audi is launching a recall campaign in Canada and the United States over a problem that could cause the passenger airbag to not deploy in case of an accident.
No number of affected cars has been published yet for either country, so it might not be every unit of the affected models that are subject to this recall.
The problem is caused by a cable for the passenger’s seat heater which could deactivate the sensor for the passenger occupant detection system which is in charge of determining if the occupant on the seat is heavy enough to be protected by the airbag, since smaller people can be hurt by them.
If this sensor is deactivated, the system will malfunction and prevent the passenger airbag to inflate in an accident, which can greatly increase the risks of injury.
If the system malfunctions, a warning message accompanied by a chime will be displayed in the gauge cluster and a warning light that reads “Passenger Airbag OFF” will also illuminate.
Owners are advised to take their car to an Audi dealership as soon as possible if this warning message appears.
Owners of the affected vehicles will begin to be notified by mail in January of 2022 and Audi will inspect the passenger seat. If a problem is determined to be present, the dealership will either replace the heating mat and its cable or the entire seat cover, depending on the type of seats installed in each vehicle.