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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2011 Audi A3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2011 Audi A3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 262016


  • miles


Takata recall

- Granby, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 262016


  • miles
Takata recall. No remedy available apparently.

- Granby, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 052016


  • 100,000 miles
Takata airbag I am writing to express my great concern about this potentially lethal issue with my car. This recall is open since February 2016 and yet nothing has been done to rectify this. I am forced to drive a potentially lethally harmful vehicle over the lack of ability by the manufacturer to remedy the airbag inflator. I understand the involved concerns of the survivability of takata - however my personal life comes before the economic concern of the car manufacturer and its suppliers.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 272016


  • 40,000 miles
Takata recall. A recall was issued in February 2016 for my vehicle. I was notified by Audi of the recall in April. I contacted the dealer then and was told there were no parts available. I contacted Audi West houston again on June 27, 2016 and was told the only remedy to me was a discount on a new car. I was told this by a salesman and by the general sales manager. I contacted Audi customer service on June 29, 2016, and they said there were no parts available and they did not have any idea when they would be available. They said I could continue to drive the car since no Audi or VW had experienced an air-bag failure. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle and would like it repaired. I don't think it's right that Audi has not repaired a single vehicle under this recall nor can they estimate when they will begin repairing these vehicles. Why does someone have to be killed in an Audi/VW before they are forced to provide repairs or alternative transportation. Their approach seems to be to "wait it out" and hope that people will just be forced to buy another vehicle from them under an "incentive" program that is completely inadequate. I don't know why I should be forced to buy another Audi simply to avoid driving an unsafe vehicle. I would rather have them disable the airbag than take the chance that it explodes.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 092016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2011 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 exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

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