Your girlfriend’s favorite rings and a leading car giant in the world of automotive manufacturing recently had to cease the sale and even recall more than 139,000 examples of its Audi A6 and A7 hatchback models. This was after the company discovered that its PODS sensors were the root cause of faulty airbags hence putting the drivers and the passengers at risk whenever there was a crash rather than protect them. Originally, the primary aim and function of the sensor was to determine whether or not to engage its deflated airbags for protection purposes during a crash.
How is this risky?
Well, according to experts in Autobahn Performance, if the sensor mat in the mentioned models wears out or is stressed, it results in the malfunction of the passenger occupant detection system control. As a result, the airbag which is supposed to protect the occupant of the passenger seat in case of a crash fails to deploy in the proper manner and the result of this is increased chances of injury.
To put this simply or rather phrase it in a layman language, the fact that this sensor does not function as it should makes it risky for the user as it increases the chances of an injury to the passenger during a crash thereby doing more harm than good.
The company found out about the airbag issue about two years ago after the number of failure claims from A6 and A7 users increased but it was not until recently that Audi filed a recall and paused the sale of the mentioned models for further investigation. The primary aim of the recall is to correct the situation and make the said models much safer for use because the company cares about the safety of their customer.
Sources have it that the company has already created Passenger occupant detection systems (PODS) replacement parts for the faulty models and that all A6and A7 models will receive notifications by the end of July 2018 to make their way towards Audi’s dealership for the correction of the issue. Since it’s the company’s fault, the installation will be free of charge.
However, the company went ahead to urge the already owners, wannabe owners and enthusiasts of A6 and A7 models not to fret because the car is still in tip-top condition and that the only thing they should avoid is using the front passenger seat until the issue is corrected as this is where the main issue stems from hence causing the recall. Owners may contact Audi’s customer care desk at 1-800-253-2834 for more information regarding the recall.
The recall of the A6 and A7 models comes a few months after Volkswagen, its previous parent company announced the completion of its previous emission scandal which it had tried to cover up for without success. Audi was quick to make a recall a factor that has helped it retain the faith of its customers and Audi enthusiasts.