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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,778 miles

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1998 Audi A4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #9

May 202003

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

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

The passenger side arbag deployed unexpectedly while driving along at 40-45mph on a secondary road. There was no collision at the time and no evidence of potholes or road debris. The dealer scanned the computer and retrieved "crash data" and claimed that the airbag system worked as expected. They noted a small dent under the passenger side door column of the car which they claimed was caused by road debris and triggered the airbag system. They referred me to my insurance company. The insurance company adjuster examined the car and found no evidence of a collision - no dent or other damage that would cause the airbag to deploy. As a result, the entire airbag safety system in the car is disabled.

- Southborough, MA, USA

problem #8

Apr 152002

A4 4WD

  • miles
While driving, a brick hit bottom of vehicle and driver?S side air bag deployed causing minor burns and bruises to the driver, consumer was informed that the sensor had been hit by the brick causing the air bag to deploy.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 202000

A4 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 40mph on highway and passenger's airbag went off without prior warning. She heard a poppying noise, and was able to pull over. Airbag light went off and there was a bad smell. There was no accident, and airbag went off on its own.

- East Rocaway, NY, USA

problem #6

Aug 041999

A4 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

After running over a pothole at 30mph passenger's side door airbag deployed. Dealer said this was normal.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 041999

A4 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After running over a pothole at 30mph passenger's side door airbag deployed. Dealer said this was normal.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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problem #4

Jan 191998

A4 4WD

  • miles
Passenger's airbag deployed upon impact. No passenger or parcel on passenger's seat, drivers bag did not deploy. Audi continues to deny a problem existed. Audi's own documentation describes a no passenger lock out switch to prevent deployment of the passenger's airbag when no passenger or (heavy parcel?) is present. I was the only occupant in the car, had my seat belt buckled, pretensioner for my seat belt fired but my airbag did not deploy. An interlock, by definition, is either on or off. An interlock or lock out device does not act as a "maybe on" or "maybe off" gate.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 021998

A4

  • miles

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

While drivingthe ABS braking systm which is activated malfunctioned, having no braking ability, and causing a frontal impact. The driver's and passenger's airbags did deploy but not all the way. Also, seatbelt tensioner malfunctioned, which did not hold properly the occupant, and occupant sustained a broken bone.

- Morganhill, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 021998

A4

  • miles
While drivingthe ABS braking systm which is activated malfunctioned, having no braking ability, and causing a frontal impact. The driver's and passenger's airbags did deploy but not all the way. Also, seatbelt tensioner malfunctioned, which did not hold properly the occupant, and occupant sustained a broken bone.

- Morganhill, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 271998

A4

  • miles
Vehicle brushed curb causing damage to tire sidewalls when false deployment of side air bag occured.

- Strongsvil, OH, USA

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