The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall report on certain Volkswagen vehicles, specifically 11,618 2017 Audi A3 and S3 Sedan models that may have a defect that causes the front passenger airbag to deploy with more force then necessary in a low-speed collision, putting the occupant at greater risk for injury.
According to the recall issued March 24, 11,618 of 2017 Audi A3 and S3 Sedan models may have a defect causing the front passenger airbag to deploy with more force in a low speed collision. “In lower-speed crash situations with an out-of-position occupant, the airbag control module software may classify the crash incorrectly. If this happens, the system may trigger a more forceful passenger frontal airbag deployment than necessary, increasing the risk of injury to a front seat occupant,” according to the report.
The report says that the airbag control module containing an inaccurate set of parameters is the cause of the defect. Volkswagen will notify owners this month and dealers will update the airbag control module software free of charge. All affected vehicles are covered under warranty.