Audi issues urgent recall for deadly airbags

Another luxury car brand has been affected by the potentially deadly Takata airbags, recalling almost 4000 vehicles.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued a recall notice for Audi models made between 1997 and 2000, which may contain the Takata NADI type 5AT airbags.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding urged Audi owners to act now if they were driving one of the affected vehicles.

“The airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to fly through the air at high speed potentially killing or seriously injuring anyone in the car,” Mr Spalding said.

“If you have one of these vehicles, stop driving it now and call Audi to organise a free inspection.”

Mr Spalding said drivers could easily check if their vehicles were affected.

“Visit www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au and pop in your details to see if your model is at risk,” he said.

“You can’t afford to put this off, a simple check could save your life.”

It came after BMW recalled more than 12,000 cars last month, after the airbags were implicated in the death of an Australian man and a serious injury in another country.  
Ford today announced that it would recall a small number of its Courier utility for the same issue. 

Affected models include:

Audi 
- A6 4B/C5 MY1998-2000 
- A8 4D/D2 MY1998-2000
- A4 8D/B5 MY1997-2000 
- TT 8N/1 MY1999-2000 
- Cabriolet 8G/B4 MY1998-1999

BMW
- E46 3 Series MY1997-2000