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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,052 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Audi A6 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 232004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,262 miles


The consumer was going about 50 mph when she was involved in an accident. Vehicle a pulled in front of vehicle B and stopped short, forcing vehicle B to rear end vehicle a. in the process, the air bags failed to deploy. Owner contacted the manufacturer and was told that the vehicle was not hit at the right angle to activate the air bags. The emergency lights flashed intermittently and the next day the vehicle would not start, the power unit beneath the floor board was soaking wet and had shorted out, the console under the gear shift was so hot that it could not be touched, there was an oil leak.

- Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 032004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated via E-mail I fumani shisana while driving on June 3 2004 hit a patch of water in the road. Vehicle started sliding from side to side uncontrollably. Tried to regain control of the vehicle and it slid off the road onto the grass on driver's side. Consumer removed safety belt and jumped out of the front passenger's door. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed. While reaching into the vehicle to retrieve cellular phone consumer noticed flames emerging from the front passenger side indicator light. Then, vehicle was engulfed in flames. Consumer narrowly escaped with his life. Reported incident to the police and Volkswagen Audi. Volkswagen Audi seemed to act quit slowly on taking action to rectify the situation.

- South Africa, 00, USA

problem #3

Jul 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
While driving 50 mph in a rain storm vehicle swerved and lost control, causing it to crash head on into a wall. Upon impact, none of the six air bags deployed. Two weeks later, consumer received a recall notice for the air bag electrical system. Driver sustained neck and back injuries.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 132002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving air bags deployed prematurely. Consumer did not hit anything in the street. Consumer sustaine D some injuries to arm and left hand.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 062001

A6 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front crash at 25-30 mph, neither airbag deployed. Damage to vehicle $ 14000.

- North Hills, NY, USA

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