Hot on the heels of BMW's recall of 20-year-old BMW 3-series models, Audi has announced a recall of various models manufactured between 1997 and 1999.
The affected models are the A4 (January 1997 to December 1999), A6 (January 1998 to December 1999), A8 (January 1998 to December 1999), TT (January 1999 to December 1999) and Cabriolet (January 1998 to December 1999).
Like recalls for other brands, the issue is the Takata airbags which have a risk of injuring or killing occupants of the car in the event of an airbag deployment. The airbag inflator could rupture resulting in sharp metal fragments flying out at high speed. The airbag may also underinflate as a result and not protect the driver as intended.
Audi says they are not aware of any incidents specifically involving Audis anywhere in the world, but there have been reports of the same airbag inflators fitted to non-Audi models misdeploying and causing injuries and deaths.
Audi's press release states that due to the age of these vehicles no replacement airbags will be available so they will offer to buy back affected cars at the present market value, which is determined by an independent third-party valuer appointed by Audi.
Owners of registered affected models will be personally contacted, but you can check whether your car is affected by entering your VIN on the Audi website.
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