Audi Recalling 850K A4s for Airbag Issue, Not the One You Think

Another day, another airbag recall and this time Audi’s taking the heat but not for the reason you probably expect.

Globally the German luxury brand is calling back some 850,000 A4s from the 2012 model year onward. Surprisingly the airbag issue has nothing to do with Takata, overly humid climates or face-pulping shrapnel. Instead faulty control software in affected cars can prevent the safety restraints from deploying in a crash.

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About half of the affected vehicles are on the road in Germany and China, with some 150,000 in the former country and about 250,000 in the latter. A regional breakdown for the remaining 450,000 has not been released at this time, though ostensibly it includes cars sold in the United States.

A simple software re-flash should take care of the issue. Audi A4 sedans, wagons and Allroad models are affected by this recall.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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