WASHINGTON — Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 734 2015 Audi Q5 and 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs for defective Takata side airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected vehicles are equipped with driver- and front-seat passenger seat-mounted airbag inflators that may rupture in the event of a crash," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the seat-mounted airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death."
A stop-sale order is in place until the vehicles are fixed.
Volkswagen reported one injury linked to the recall involving a 2015 Tiguan last June.
"During deployment, the side airbag inflator in the vehicle ruptured and slightly injured the driver under the left arm," VW told federal safety regulators in a chronology of the recall action. "No medical attention was sought."
The affected Tiguan SUVs were built from January 15, 2015 to January 21, 2015. The affected Q5 SUVs were built from January 13, 2015 to February 3, 2015.
Edmunds says: Volkswagen told NHTSA that loaner vehicles are available for customers who are waiting for parts to become available. It's best to stay in touch with your dealer for more information if you own one of these SUVs.