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Passenger airbag defect leads to recall of 144,000 Audi vehicles

Residents of California who drive an Audi vehicle will want to see if they are affected by a certain recall that the automaker announced in August 2019. A little more than 144,000 Audi vehicles are being recalled for a defect in the front-seat passenger airbag.

These airbags can be disabled by a system inside that senses when the front passenger seat is occupied or empty. But the wiring in the system has been found to corrode over time, causing the software to disable the airbag even when someone is seated. Those who are unsure if their vehicle has the defect should check for an audible warning and an error message on their dash.

The recalled vehicles are all 2017 and 2018 models of the A4 sedan and A5 coupe. These include the A4 allroad, A5 convertible, S5 convertible and S4 sedan. Owners who notice the malfunction should turn the vehicle into their dealer right away.

Starting Sept. 15, Audi will fix the issue by updating the airbag control software. It will be free of charge for vehicle owners. As for whether the defect has led to any cases of injury, this cannot be known by judging from the paperwork that Audi had filed with federal regulators.

If there were any injuries, some of the victims may be preparing a lawsuit under product liability law. Those who wish to prepare such a lawsuit may want Costa Mesa defective product and machinery legal representation before moving forward. It can be hard to build up a case and negotiate for damages on one's own. With a lawyer, plaintiffs may be able to show that they were the victims of a design, manufacturing or marketing defect. Victims may leave all settlement negotiations to their lawyer and choose whether litigate if negotiations fail.

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