Airbag defects and overheating coolant pumps have led Audi and Volkswagen to recall nearly 600,000 vehicles in America. The recalls affect the Golf, e-Golf, and Tiguan, as well as the Audi Q5, A5, A6, and A4.

The first recall relates to the driver's side airbags, which may not deploy properly in some VWs and Audis. The brands will simply replace these airbags on 2017 VW Golfs, e-Golfs, and Tiguans as well as on Audi A7s, A4s, and A6s. Meanwhile, the seat belt pretensioner may not deploy on some Audis. All told, these recalls will affect about 5,900 cars.

The next recall affects only Audi Q5s made between 2011 and 2017. On those vehicles, the drainage system on the sunroof can allow water to soak foam surrounding the side-curtain airbags. This corrodes the airbag canister, which can cause it to rupture and spray shrapnel.

The recalled vehicles will have the foam removed, while corroded canisters are replaced. Audi has changed its production process to better protect the canister.


The final recall deals with the coolant pump in many Audis with 2.0-liter FSI engines and amounts to a total of about 340,000 vehicles. The pump can be clogged by debris from the cooling system causing the pump to overheat, which can lead to fire. Audi has developed new software to turn off the pump’s power supply if it becomes clogged.

The recall affects the 2013-2017 Audi Q5, A5, and A5 cabriolet; the 2013-2016 Audi A4 and Allroad; and the 2012-2015 Audi A6 equipped with the 2.0-liter engine.

Finally, a separate recall related to airbags and seat belts is causing both Audi and Volkswagen to recall a total of nearly 5,900 vehicles.

[source: Automotive News ]