Volkswagen said it will recall 680,000 vehicles in the U.S. over concerns with driver-side airbags that use non-desiccated SDI and PSDI-5 inflators from Takata.
The Takata airbag inflators can explode with too much force in the event of a crash, shooting metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants. They are linked to nine deaths in the U.S. and more than 100 injuries.
The vehicles are:
- 2006-'10 Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons built in Germany
- 2012-'14 Volkswagen Eos convertibles
- 2010-'14 Volkswagen Golf compacts
- 2010-'14 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen wagons
- 2012-'14 Volkswagen Passat sedans built in the U.S.
- 2009-'14 Volkswagen CC sedans
Volkswagen on Wednesday said it was not aware of any ruptured SDI or PSDI-5 inflator in any Volkswagen Group vehicle worldwide.
"Once affected VINs (vehicle identification numbers) and the recall remedy have been identified, Volkswagen will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer," the company said in a statement.
Audi of America's new Takata recall covers an estimated 170,000 vehicles in the U.S. They include:
"No injuries or fatalities have been reported," wrote Audi of America spokesman Mark Clothier in response to a query from Edmunds.
A date has not been set for the recall.
The recalls follow an announcement last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 5.1 million vehicles up through the 2014 model year are equipped with defective Takata airbags, more than originally reported.
NHTSA has not yet posted any information about the VW and Audi recalls.
Edmunds says: Replacement parts are not available at this point. Owners must wait for their official recall notices before scheduling a service appointment or speak to their dealer about interim steps, including the availability of loaner vehicles.