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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Volkswagen of America, Inc.


Audi 90 Years: 1995-1997
Audi Cabriolet Years: 1995-1997
Audi A4 Years: 1995-1997
Audi A6 Years: 1995-1997
Audi A8 Years: 1995-1997

Number Involved: 39,300
Dates of Manufacture: July 1994 - September 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V175 Volkswagen Campaign No. KG
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The discharge of static electricity under low humidity conditions can activate the driver side air bag when the driver enters or exits the vehicle and forms an electrical circuit by touching certain areas of the steering wheel.
Consequence of Defect: Activation of the air bag under these conditions can cause personal injury.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a ground wire on the driver side air bag.
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.