Audi Sedans Recalled Over Defective Airbags
Audi manufacturer Volkswagen recently told federal regulators about a serious safety problem in certain sedans: their airbags may not work.
The company is recalling more than 4,000 vehicles across the country because of the defect, Volkswagen said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It said the front passenger airbags on the vehicles may malfunction.
“In the event of a crash the airbag might not unfold as designed,” Volkswagen said in a defect notice filed with NHTSA. “As a result, this could cause the airbag to tear and also allow the expanding gas to exit through this tear.”
That is a recipe for potential disaster, the company acknowledged.
“The performance of the airbag might not be as designed, increasing the risk of injury.”
The recall covers certain 2022 Audi RS 3, A3 and S3 vehicles.
Volkswagen said it plans to notify owners of recalled cars by the end of October. The company will ask owners to bring their vehicles to local dealers for inspection and to have passenger airbags replaced.
These kinds of recalls, sadly, are nothing new for Volkswagen.
In March, Volkswagen USA alerted some 32,000 Porsche and Audi owners that the company botched a recall of their vehicles last year. The cars had initially been called back over a rear axle defect that the company said could lead to accidents.
About a month later, the company said it would recall roughly 46,000 Audis whose fuel gauges may be inaccurate. Audi acknowledged that this puts drivers in a difficult bind because they may not know when their cars are running out of gas.
What’s worse is that these kinds of recalls are all too common across the auto industry. Major auto manufacturers call back millions of vehicles combined every year, citing a wide range of defects and malfunctions that pose real safety threats.
How the California Lemon Law Works
There is some good news for car owners and lessors in California, however. The state’s lemon law provides some important legal rights and protections when it comes to defective and malfunctioning vehicles.
The lemon law generally requires car manufacturers to perform a wide range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces the companies to buy back (or replace, in some cases) cars that they cannot or will not fix. That includes covering the vehicle’s purchase price and financing costs, as well as rental car and other related expenses.
The law also forces car manufacturers to pick up the tab for various legal fees incurred by owners and lessors enforcing their rights. It is vital to have an experienced lemon law attorney in your corner.
Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.