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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,100 miles

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2001 Audi A6 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 292012

A6

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Audi A6. While driving 55 mph, the driver side air bag deployed without warning. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained injuries to the left side of the body, including minor hearing loss in the left ear. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Canton, CT, USA

problem #6

Dec 022004

A6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
While driving at 30 mph consumer's vehicle T-boned another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Feb 062004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,700 miles
While driving in very cold snowy weather my airbag light flashed then stayed on. This occurred 3 times during the winter months and has not reoccurred during warmer months. After turning off the car the light went off. According to the drivers manual the airbags will not deploy with light on. According to ODI 756137 with same symptoms indicates no airbag will function even with airbag light out after the intermittent light flashing. I took it to the dealer 2 times, but could not determine problem and would not replace anything. Dealer told me unless there is a solid failure or they can duplicate it they could not fix it. Car is still under warranty and feel like I have been getting run around. Called Audi customer service (ref# 40192796), but have not heard anything.

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 272002

A6 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles

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

The air bags did not deploy when the vehicle was hit at 40 mph resulting in injuries to the consumer. The dealer was notified.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 132002

A6 4WD

  • miles
Rear passenger airbag deployed without warning and without a crash.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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problem #2

Dec 282001

(reported on)

A6

  • miles
Since purchased, air bag light has intermittenly flashed indicating an air bag related problem - dealer indicates air bag controller must be replaced and that air bag has been non-fiunctional all this time (since purchase) - airbag controller part is not stocked at dealer and requires 7 days to obtain - this should be a recall item as then parts would be available when car is returned for service - as it is, car cannot be driven (no airbag) so must be left at dealer - service tech mentioned that they have seen this problem on other Audi's suggesting this could be widespread and very dangerous as occupant has no idea airbag is not functional.

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #1

Dec 282001

(reported on)

A6

  • miles
Follow-up info to ODI number: 756137 - I have learned that the part required to fix this defect is on nationwide backorder - this suggest the problem is widespread - the car will not be released to the owner until the repair is made suggesting that the mfr understands the severity of this issue - this is a basic safety component of the vehicle and vehciles are apparently shipping with the airbag inoperative!!! no safety defect.

- Edina, MN, USA

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