Audi is recalling 2017 A5 and S5 Cabriolets to fix an issue with defective seatbelt pretensioners that could become projectiles within the cabin. The problem impacts about 1,700 models.
The seat belt itself will work like it’s supposed in the event of a crash, it’s the pretensioner part that might become an issue. Audi says some of Autoliv-supplied pretensioners were manufactured with botched crimps holding a micro-gas generator. If an accident causes the tensioner to activate, the micro-gas generator can potentially detach from the sub-assembly and come flying into the cabin according to NHTSA recall documents.
The company uses the same pretensioner in several other models, but it’s only a problem in the A5 and S5 convertible models due to cabin design.
Audi expects to begin notifying customers in May. Dealers will replace the safety belt retractors/pretensioners, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s number for the recall is 69O8.