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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,687 miles

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2006 Audi A3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Audi A3 Owner Comments

problem #15

Apr 012016

A3

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

"takata recall" I was notified in April 2016 of the recall by Audi of America. As of today, Oct. 3, 2016 I was told that they still have no timeline as to when the parts will be available to repair my vehicle. As this is a dangerous situation, potentially fatal, it is mind boggling that 6months have elapsed since the initial notification.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #14

Sep 192016

A3

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Audi A3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V079000 (air bags). The part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #13

Feb 092016

A3

  • miles
Takata recall was issued february9,2016.I purchased this car new, and lthe ldealership certainly knows my address when they send me ads. I learned of this recall on my own, no notification has been sent to me.

- Lewiston, ID, USA

problem #12

Aug 012016

A3

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Audi A3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V079000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue and failed to provide a loaner vehicle. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Capistrano Beach, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 012016

A3

  • 115,000 miles
Takata recall - we got a recall back in April about the air bag and when we called Audi, they said that they had no remedy planned as they were not having anecdotal problems reported. Then just last week, we missed out on a "sweet deal" from Audi to have our air bag replaced because they had told South orlando Audi to call customers and replace the first five air bags of the owners who responded. When we finally got a hold of someone in the service department, the "sweet deal" was gone. Needless to say that we are furious that our air bag was not one of the ones to be replaced. Living in Florida, I feel as if we are driving around with a shrapnel grenade for an airbag just inches from our face. We have even called a lawyer and they have no interest in helping us either probably because they are waiting for us to get hurt by the airbag so they can get more money. When are you going to force Audi to replace our airbag?

- Orlando, FL, USA

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problem #10

Apr 012016

A3 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Audi A3. Consumer writes in regards to the lack of cooperation with replacement of defective airbag recall notice 16V-079.

- Del Mar, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 162016

A3

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall - since the parts aren't available to repair my vehicle I haven't been able to sell it. I wanted to sell it since March and I believe the recall was announced in Feb. The dealership can't fix it, won't take it in on trade or sell on consignment due to the recall. So I'm stuck, and the vehicle continues to depreciate and I really don't want to drive it. I acquired a company issued car in February so that prompted my to do something with my Audi. One thought was to keep it for my so to be 16 year old daughter as her car to drive to school, practice, etc. But with the discovery of the recall, I immediately decided against that...... so we are stuck with a vehicle that I still make payments on, and cover with insurance. Since I didn't have the opportunity to make an informed decision when I purchase the vehicle in 2012 as to he danger of the "takata" made airbag and don't have any option to replace this dangerous part, I think the manufacturer should take ownership and offer to buyback my vehicle. Certainly this safety issue is more important then the scandal of VW's lying about the diesel emissions.....

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #8

Jul 142016

A3

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Audi A3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V079000 (air bags); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 102016

A3

  • miles
Takata recall: Audi usa states that they do not have replacement parts available. It has been almost 2 months since I received the original notice and yet they still do not have a review available.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #6

May 012016

A3

  • miles
I received a letter from Audi stating that the airbags in my car, provided by takata, are recalled as "metal fragments from the airbag could kill passengers in the car". you know this already of course but what I don't get and why I am writing is why are they being given so much time to correct or change the airbags out" the thought that I am supposed to keep driving it without the repair and maybe get killed from a fender bender is ridiculous. Why did they even send me the recall letter if in the letter itself they state that can't repair it "yet"? so every time I get behind the wheel I am scared to drive? I don't feel safe in my own car? I feel like I need to turn off my airbags completely? now that everyone knows, even me as the car owner, does it somehow let them off the hook if I die before it's repaired to have told me? and aren't you, the us government not responsible as well now that you know since you are not making them replace the bags asap" patty patty long

- La, CA, USA

problem #5

May 122016

A3

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Audi A3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V079000 (air bags). The contact called several dealers who indicated that the part was not available to receive the recall repair appointment. The manufacturer was unable to determine when the parts would be supplied to the dealer. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 212016

A3

  • miles
We are a loyal Audi customers, having 2 Audi now. We bought the cars because of their safety rating, knowing our teenage daughter would be safe driving her car. I have gotten a safety recall for her car and want to know what they are doing to fix the recall and how soon we can get her car fixed. When the airbag issue was featured in the media a year ago, we asked our Audi dealership if Audi was affected. They said no. So we went ahead and bought our daughter an Audi. Please let us know how we can fix this problem, because next year I will have my son driving the Audi as well. Keep our children safe!

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 082016

A3

  • miles
Takata recall. It has been more than 60 days since Audi, audiusa and their parent company, VW, conceded that some Audi vehicles may have defective takata airbags. Despite this fact, no recall notification letters have been sent out. More importantly, no actual replacement of potentiall defective takata airbags have been initiated by any of the mentioned company. NHTSA should remind these companies to comply with federal law and send out the recall notification letters and to commence the recall of potentially defective takata airbags. I called audiusa today asking about the recall notification letter. Audiusa's representative seemed oblivious to the obligation to notify owners in a timely manner as required by federal law. Don cramer

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 262014

A3

  • miles
The contact owned a 2006 Audi A3. While driving at approximately 35 mph, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. Three occupants were injured. The contact sustained head, left arm, and left leg injuries that needed medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an unknown area. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 202005

A3

  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Audi A3. The contact stated that the shade covering the sunroof failed in her vehicle. Also, the steering column had to be replaced because the horn would not function along with the turn signals. Moreover, the electrical system also had to be re-wired. She took the vehicle to the dealer each time a failure occurred and they were repaired under warranty. Most recently, the battery failed and the contact had to pay $257 for the repair. In July of 2007, she was involved in a crash; however, the air bags failed to deploy. She has spoken with the dealer many times regarding the failures. The manufacturer reimbursed her for the battery repair. The current mileage was 22,837 and failure mileage was approximately 300.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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