Volkswagen AG will be recalling thousands of vehicles in the U.S. in three separate notices related to airbag defects and a coolant pump issue that may cause fires as a result of overheating.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the largest of the airbag recalls affects 234,054 Audi Q5 SUVs from the model years 2011 to 2017.
In those vehicles, foam surrounding side-curtain airbag inflator canisters may be exposed to water from the sunroof drainage system, leading to corrosion and rupturing of the canisters. In the event of an accident, the agency indicates that metal fragments could be projected at occupants, increasing the risk of injuries.
To address the issue, dealers will remove the foam and replace any canisters that are showing signs of corrosion.
In the second notice, 342,867 Audi vehicles equipped with 2-liter turbocharged FSI engines, including Audi Q5s, A5s and A5 Cabriolets from the model years 2013-17, Audi Allroads and Audi A4s from 2013-16 and Audi A6s from 2012-2015 are being recalled to address malfunctioning coolant pumps. The pumps can overheat after becoming blocked with debris circulated through the cooling system. A software update can be applied by dealers to shut off the pump’s power supply when blockages occur, to prevent incidents of overheating and potential fires.
A third recall related to defective airbags and seat belts has been issued affecting 5,901 2017-2018 model year Audi and VW vehicles. Driver-side airbags in 2017 Audi A7s, A4s and A6s and Volkswagen Golf, e-Golf and Tiguan models may not properly deploy, while the seat-belt pretensioners in some Audi Q7s, A4, A4 Allroad and 2016 Audi Q5 vehicles may not activate as expected.
The NHTSA says that the airbags and seat belt pretensioners will be replaced by dealers.
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