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NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Volkswagen of America, Inc.


Audi 80 Years: 1989-1993
Audi 90 Years: 1989-1993
Audi 100 Years: 1989-1993
Audi 200 Years: 1989-1993
Audi V8 Years: 1989-1993
Audi Coupe Years: 1989-1993
Audi S4 Years: 1989-1993

Number Involved: 54,800
Dates of Manufacture: September 1988 - July 1993
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V172 Volkswagen Campaign No. KF
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: Some air bag sensors do not comply with Audi's durability standards over the lifetime of the vehicle.
Consequence of Defect: In the event the sensor should malfunction, the air bag restraint system can inadvertently deploy. Deployment of the air bag restraint system without warning could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the air bag sensor control module.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Oct. 13, 1997.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Audi at 1-800-822-2834.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.