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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,374 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Audi A4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 242009


  • 86,447 miles


Passenger side airbag light comes on due to passenger seat harness issues. There is a technical service bulletin however Audi will not repair this issue.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 242009


  • 3,800 miles
I was in a head on collision primarily on the drivers side and the passenger side air bag deployed and the drivers side did no.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172008


  • 70,000 miles
The contacts owns a 2004 Audi A4. The contact stated that the vehicle was rear ended; however, he was not present at the time of the crash. At the time, the front passenger side air bag deployed, but the driver's side air bag did not. As a result, the driver was injured as well as the passenger in the other vehicle. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the cause of the failure has not yet been determined. The contact was unsure if the vehicle was destroyed. The current and failure mileages were 70,000.

- Park City, UT, USA

problem #3

Mar 062008


  • 56,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Audi A4. While turning a corner at 45 mph, the contact had to apply the brakes immediately to avoid striking another vehicle. As a result, he rear ended another vehicle. The passenger side air bag failed to deploy. There were no injuries. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed failure with the vehicle's electrical system. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 56,000.

- Amesvury, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 282007


  • miles
I have recently purchased my 2004 Audi A4 and the airbag light has recently ignited after my car has passed the 50,000 mile warranty period. Dealership claims I need to pay 300 out of pocket to cover. I believe this to be a manufacture problem as I have not got into any accidents or actions which may have resulted in the airbag going off.

- Hollywood, CA, USA

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problem #1

Dec 022006

A4 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was immobile on a private winter resort road, it was rammed by the vehicle coming behind and pushed him forward hitting the vehicle in front. There were no warning lights illuminated prior to the accident. The front driver air bag did not deploy nor did the seat belt restrain the contact. The security personnel of the resort was present but the police and fire department were not contacted. The vehicle remained inoperable. The contact was very concerned because the vehicle was recently serviced at the dealership without any problem. The dealership and the manufacturer were not contacted. The vehicle was totaled. Updated 02/13/07.

- Avon, CO, USA

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