Q5, A3, A5 fitted with potentially life-threatening inflators

Audi Australia has issued a recall for the previous-generation Q5, A3 and A5 as part of the ongoing and ever-growing Takata airbag campaign.

The German marque reported that affected vehicles are fitted with the more serious 'alpha' airbags – rather the less-dangerous, but still potentially deadly, 'beta' inflators.

First cab off the rank will be the '8R' Q5 from model years 2009-12 (9244 units), believed to be fitted with faulty driver's side airbags. This recall is active from 13 July.

Audi says the following model lines will be under active recall "by the end of July 2018:

  • A3 (8P) – MY06-13, driver's side airbags (13,119 units)
  • A5 Cabriolet (8F) – MY10-11, driver's side airbags (1143 units)
  • A5 Sportback (8T) – MY09-12, driver's side airbags (2172 units)

CarAdvice has contacted Audi Australia for clarification on the number of vehicles affected by this campaign – we'll update when those details come to hand.

The marque claims that at the end of July 50 per cent of Takata-affected vehicles will be under active recall, with 100 per cent of affected models to be under active recall before the end of the year.

"Our customers are our first priority, and, as a result of the Australian Government's mandatory recall of certain vehicles with frontal Takata airbag inflators, we will be conducting a staged recall of the affected vehicles between now and the end of 2020," said Shaun Cleary, Audi spokesperson.

"We will contact owners to let them know when they should visit a dealer to have their Takata airbag inflator replaced, free of charge."

Owners of the affected Audi models will be contacted by Audi Australia, and can find out more information on the company's website.

For more information, contact 1800 856 770.


The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.

Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.

In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. Last month the ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.


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