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Re: Audi recalls 900,000 cars!! (airbags)

At 08:45 AM 10/14/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Sean Ford writes:
>> Ok, everyone, put on your thinking hats. Audi has announced an airbag recall.
>> The back of my passenger visor recommends that my airbag be replaced in
>> of 2001  (10 years from the date of manufacture). I seem to recall that the
>> reason for replacing the airbag after 10 years has to do with the
breakdown of
>> the airbag material. Does anyone know if this is true? I'd like to think that
>> this airbag recall is going to buy me another 6 years of avoiding what I
>> will be a very expensive airbag operation (dealerships say, "cha-ching!").
>I am not sure the recall is to replace the entire airbag.  I understand
>that the part in question is the air bag sensor on some cars and air
>bag electronics in others.  I wonder if these are integral to the air bag
>assembly (and thus would require replacement of the whole air bag), or
>is it a separate part?  Does anyone know? Also, the recall states two classes
>of problems:
>	1. Marginal sensor may cause the bag to deploy in the absence of
>	   collision.  This generally applies to the older cars.
>	2. Static discharge may cause the air bag to deploy.
>Are the repairs the same for both of these?
>Inquiring mind wants to know...
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I understood that older cars were getting new airbags, though I didn't get
the details of what the cut-off is.