hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,500 miles

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problem #2

Jun 012008


  • 90,000 miles
The "airbag modules", manufactured by Bosch, in many models of Audi automobiles appear to be failing, inexplicably. These modules act as the central "brain" for a car's airbag system and if they fail the car's airbag system is rendered useless. In my case, my module failed inexplicably and must be replaced ($1000), having never been in a collision or had an airbag deployment. Audi and Bosch have been unhelpful, given that my car is out of warranty. However, it seems to me that given the critical nature of a car's safety system, and the impossibility of tampering with a computer module hidden deep in the recesses of the car, the manufacturers should be more proactive in addressing the issue. A simple internet search indicates this may be a pervasive problem, and it is scary to think of how many cars are operating with "failed" safety systems!

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds there was a burning smell coming from the vehicle. The airbag light began to flicker on and off, and then the drivers side airbag unexpectedly deployed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The consumer was told that the problem was a result of an electrical short. The short was caused by an impact under the vehicle. The consumer has no memory of any impact under the vehicle.

- Bridgeport, ME, USA