Another airbag issue is cropping up and this time it is coming from the Volkswagen Group. Audi is recalling 144,092 cars in the U.S. to fix malfunctioning passenger-side airbag occupant sensors, according to NHTSA, the nation’s top auto safety regulator.
The recall, issued this July 24, covers certain 2018 model Audi S5 and A5 along with some 2017-2018 A4 cars.
Oxidation on the connecting cable of the passenger occupant detection system can cause software to fail to detect occupants and disable the passenger airbag, the recall said.
“With an adult in the passenger seat a warning message says that because of a malfunction, the airbags are turned off,” the owner of a 2017 Audi A4 wrote May 2 in a complaint to NHTSA. “A few seconds to a minute or two later another message says the airbags are on. This sequence can appear many times in an hour of driving or not appear at all for several days.”
There are also some 26,040 Audis in Canada also being recalled.