The problem is a software related.
Audi will recall 14,535 examples of the 2017 Q7 in the United States with manufacturing dates from August 30, 2015, to May 8, 2016. A software issue within the airbag control module can cause the safety devices for the front seats to deploy with too much force in some crashes, which could injure occupants.
Audi first learned about this issue in March 2016 when an accident report showed "an airbag not deploying according to the correct impact scenario," the company wrote in its report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The company immediately opened an investigation, and it began developing updated software in May. Audi doesn't know of any injuries as a result of this problem.
Audi dealers will install new airbag control module software, which will update "parameters in the triggering algorithm." The automaker hasn't yet given NHTSA a timeframe for beginning the repair campaign, though.
The 2017 Q7 arrived in the U.S. in early 2016. The only available powertrain was a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with 333 horsepower (245 kilowatts) and 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of torque that used an eight-speed automatic gearbox. In our review, we enjoyed the massive amount of tech inside. We also found that handling and ride comfort, especially compared to other large crossovers.
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RECALL Subject : Air Bags may Deploy with Excessive Force/FMVSS 208
Report Receipt Date: JUL 08, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V519000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,535
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
AUDI Q7 2017
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Audi Q7 vehicles manufactured August 30, 2015, to May 8, 2016. Due to a software issue within the air bag control module, the frontal air bags may deploy with more force than required in certain crashes. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Air bags that deploy with excessive force may increase the risk of injury.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the air bag control module software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69O3.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.