really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,898 miles

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2001 Audi A4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 182016


  • 139,733 miles


While driving the vehicle on a highway going straight at ~65mph the passenger side curtain and seat airbags deployed for no reason. Vehicle manufacturer cited a "crash" signal from side impact sensor was the cause of the false deployment. No physical cause could be found, no damage was found on vehicle and all airbag system wiring was found to be intact and original. Manufacturer would not own failure and cited the vehicle being lowered as the cause. Manufacturer was unable to provide any evidence for this conclusion and vehicle is well within local laws/regulations for lowered vehicles.

- North Plains, OR, USA

problem #5

Jun 032011

A4 4-cyl

  • 112,500 miles
All airbags failed to deploy in a driver's side "T-bone" collision. A-4 is equipped with side airbags. A-4 was stationary and occupied, minivan crashed into driver's door and part of front quarter panel. Van's rate of travel was 20 to 30 mph in reverse! my wife suffered neck and shoulder injuries. Local Audi dealer replaced the side airbag # 8D0 880 241 aa and the airbag controller module # 8D0 959 655 G. only at my insistence, was this work performed when I continued to question why no airbags deployed. My direct questions were met with, "you know, more injuries occur when an airbag goes off, so, your wife is probably luckier that they didn't work". wtf"! hey buddy, let's put you in the driver's seat and Ram minivan into it with the same speed and mass! also, rest your arm on the open window and see if you don't lose an arm like my wife almost did. What are these guy's trying to cover up for Audi?! has there been a corporate decree of total liability avoidance with deceit being pushed down to the dealer level, or are they just idiots? I'm also in the class action regarding the oil sludge lawsuit. Now they are denying 1/2 of my claim because they say I'm missing proof of a single oil change that should be in the records of the dealership that performed the work, which for some reason all the records pertaining to that critical timeline have been wiped off Audi's corporate comupter system. When will it all end? I'm about to drive this [xxx] carover a cliff! any Audi execs want to go for a ride" I feel I have been taken for a long enough ride after some $15,000 to $20,000 in repairs over the last 6 years. Let's hope our airbags will be free from failure in the event of a future accident. Someone else's experience has been that switching out the module with the same model module has not eliminated the problem completely and it has re-occurred, I.e., red light in dash coming on again and failure to deploy airbags in crash. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012010


  • 103,000 miles
2001 Audi A4 air bag light on dash. Dealer checked and stated air bag module bad. Order one and was installed April 27, 2010. Part # 8D0-959-655-G module. This is a major safety item. Can cause air bags to not deploy. Should last longer than it did.

- Palos Park, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 012008


  • 70,000 miles


Airbag controller fails with no apparent reason. Unit generates an unclear fault code (65535) when temperature drops below 32 degrees. This will not allow the airbags to deploy in case of an accident. Module has been replaced, and the same failure occurred again less than a year later.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #2

Oct 082004

A4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,153 miles
02 V 131 001/FMVSS 201 air bag deployment & 04 V 357 000/camshaft position sensor/mil: The consumer received both of these recall notices and was unable to locate a authorized service center within her area.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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problem #1

Aug 082003

A4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
ABS is broken without any reason.T's only 2 years old but 67000 miles. Audi A4 1.8T 2001 model.

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

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