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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,767 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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2006 Audi A4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 222016


  • miles


I received a letter from Audi regarding the recall on my takata passenger frontal airbag informing me of the recall and suggesting that I avoid using my front passenger seat. I am appalled that Audi would make such a statement knowing that their customers use the vehicles as family cars, typically having someone in the front passenger seat. Audi has no foreseen date of repair. In addition, the girl I spoke to on the phone from Audi suggested that I call a local certified Audi dealership to see if I can get a loaner car until the problem is resolved as I do not feel safe driving my car, in which I was told by over 10 dealerships that they do not give out loaner cars for this purpose. I am shocked that I am not being offered a safe car to drive until this problem is resolved.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 222016


  • miles
Takata recall... no fix date in the near future. They will not provide a loaner vehicle. I was told that the car is safe to drive and this recall is precautionary.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 182016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Audi A4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V382000 (air bags); however, the part for the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 212007


  • miles


Takata recall -I find this extremely disturbing that a risk as the recall states "in the event of an inflator rupture, in very rare cases metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, which may result in serious injury or death to vehicle occupants." The part that I find disturbing is that there is no replacement part available at this time and no loaner cars are being provided nor an alternative other than the recommendation of not having a passenger sit in the vehicle.I have paid a lot of money for my car, and it is very well maintained by Audi seems unjust that no matter how good I have cared for and put into my vehicle, it is still and has always been unsafe?I am not in a position where I can hold off on carrying any passengers in the front seat. I am a mother of 2 ( a 15 year old and 7 year old) and I also share carpool with another parent where I have no choice but to use my front seat. Besides that, I do not think it is right for Audi to suggest how to use their car that they have invested in without a fair accommodation. I do not have an "extra" car that I can drive around as an alternate and even if I did, how fair would it be for Audi to ask me not to drive it, if I plan to have passengers in my car, or how fair is it for me to ask my friends and family to sit in the back seat"! this is ridiculous. I plan to be compensated. Audi should hope that nothing terrible happens to anyone. I had plans for my daughter to take over this car. She will be 16 soon and has been learning to drive in this Audi, and now I may have to purchase a different car for her because this Audi is unsafe. Might I add, I may even have to hold off teaching her to drive under her ca. Driver's permit because I am no longer to sit in the passenger seat" this is ridiculous, you have no idea how you affect people's lives, as long as Audi keeps making money.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 312016


  • miles
Takata recall. I received notice (July 2016) and the recall repair is not yet available. Audi headquarters will not offer a courtesy vehicle while the parts of the car are sourced and the vehicle is replaced.

- Washington, DC, USA

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problem #5

Jun 222016


  • 70,868 miles
Takata recall- per recall instructions, attempted to have dealer: Audi reno Tahoe 9190 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV89511 make necessary repairs. Colton gaffney and cory hobson refused to accept vehicle.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #4

Nov 202015


  • 123,800 miles


Glancing side impact head on collision - vehicle rolled 270 degrees - right, upside down, then ended on left side. None of the airbags deployed. Impact speed was more than sufficient to roll vehicle, thus they should have deployed. Vehicle proceeding in motion - probably 20 mph at time of impact on two lane highway (other vehicle crossed over) approx 35-40 when first observed other vehicle moving erratically

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 242013

A4 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
At an intersection, a Ford F250 pickup, pulling a trailer, turned left into my 2006 Audi A4 avant. My vehicle was traveling straight through intersection traveling at about 20 to 25 mph.. I was traveling alone, with my seat belt on. My vehicle was crushed up to the firewall and was totaled (photos are available). The air bags on my vehicle did not deploy. The belt tensioner did deploy.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 062010

A4 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
In early September 2010 the air bag warning light came on in my 2006 Audi A4 cabrio and would not turn off. I took the car to be serviced and was told the air bag needed to be replaced. The car has never been in an accident. It is now out of warranty. This part has never been used. If I'd been in an accident the air bag would not have deployed. Although a tsb has not been issued for this problem, I have read similar complaints of this happening to the same car after the same # of years. Suggest that the NHTSA take a look into this issue. Had I been in an accident and needed the airbag to work, it would not have. Since the car has never been in an accident, this indicates the part was faulty all along. A recall should be issued and Audi usa should replace this part free of charge for all vehicle owners to avoid the inevitable lawsuit if the part fails when someone does have an accident.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 122010


  • 34,000 miles
2006 Audi A4 cabriolet air bag light comes on and stays on. Dealer checked wiring connections under seat and light went out. 1week later it's back on. This time they sodered the wires and cleared the code. A week or 2 later it's back on and they did something else, what I'm not sure. 2 weeks after that light is on and they replace airbag in drivers seat. A few weeks after that it is on again and the dealer replaces the ring in the steering wheel ( clockspring??) 2 weeks after that the light is on again and the car is currently at the dealer. Am told it is a random fault. The car has about 35000 miles on it and the factory warranty is about to expire and the Audi certified warranty about to kick in. I purchased the car with about 33,000 miles on it.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

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