WASHINGTON — Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 217,000 Audi vehicles for defective Takata front-passenger airbag inflators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front airbags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death."
Volkswagen told federal safety regulators it is not aware of any ruptured front-passenger inflators in any Volkswagen Group vehicles worldwide. This includes Audi vehicles.
Edmunds says: Audi dealers are waiting for parts in this recall. Owners of these vehicles should stay in close contact with their dealer for the latest information.