The Problem: The vehicles have driver and passenger seat side airbag inflators from Takata that could rupture in a crash.
Injuries/Deaths: A side airbag ruptured in a 2015 Tiguan in June 2015, and the driver sustained slight injuries under the left arm. The person didn't need to seek medical attention, Audi spokesperson Mark Clothier told Autoblog. This is the only reported injury.
The Fix: VW and Audi dealers will replace the side airbag modules.
If You Own One: VW and Audi will advise owners about the recall but don't yet know specifically when repairs begin.
Report Receipt Date: JAN 28, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V045000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 734
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
AUDI Q5 2015
VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 2015
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles manufactured January 15, 2015, to January 21, 2015, and 2015 Audi Q5 vehicles manufactured January 13, 2015, to February 3, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with driver and front seat passenger seat-mounted air bag inflators that may rupture in the event of a crash.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of a seat-mounted air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side air bag modules, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69M1 (for Audi) and 69L9 (for VW).
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.