the front passenger air bag may deploy with more force than intended during a crash

2017 Audi A3 / Audi S3
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April 04, 2017

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling an estimated 11,618 model year 2017 Audi A3 and Audi S3 vehicles.

In a lower-speed crash situation, the air bag control unit software in the affected vehicles may deploy the passenger frontal air bag improperly if the front seat passenger is sitting on the edge of the seat or is laying in the seat with the seat reclined. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

If the air bag deploys with more force than intended, it can increase the risk of passenger injury.

Audi will notify owners of the recalled A3 and S3 vehicles, and local Audi dealers will update the air bag control module software free of charge.

Vehicle owners with any additional questions about this recall can contact Audi customer service at (800) 253-2834—reference recall number 69Q3.

To find out if your vehicle is affected by this recall, you can enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's online recall look-up tool.