Audi is recalling 139,249 sedans due to faulty sensors in the passenger seats that help to deploy airbags in the event of a vehicle collision (often referred to as an accident). The defect is caused by wear and tear to the passenger occupant detection system or PODS. This system communicates with the vehicle’s airbag system to help it recognize that there is an individual occupying the passenger seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concludes that this faulty sensor could potentially cause harm to those in the passenger seats of Audi sedans if the airbag does not deploy during a car accident. The defect affects models from 2012 to 2018 and specifically those with standard seats rather than upgraded seats.
Below, our Tennessee product liability attorneys explain what to know about the recall.
How Do I Find Out About Recalls?
NHTSA examines public complaints on vehicles that are having issues. Once the NHTSA receives multiple reports that are similar, they begin a thorough 4-step investigation. The NHTSA then decides if a recall is necessary based on if their investigation says there is a safety risk.
If you have an Audi sedan affected by the recall, it’s best to take it to your local dealer or contact the Audi manufacturers. You can also look to see if your vehicle is under recall by going to NHTSA’s website and typing your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). Your VIN is located on the lower left car windshield or on any car insurance information.
What to do if I Get Hurt by an Automobile Defect?
The Tennessee product liability attorneys at Myers & Ball, LLP could discuss your situation at no cost during a free consultation. We could help you determine whether you have options to seek compensation against your vehicle’s manufacturer or other parties.