VWs China operations are replacing nearly 5m Takata inflators in 2018

VW's China operations are replacing nearly 5m Takata inflators in 2018

Volkswagen Group China (VGC), with Volkswagen (China) Import (VGIC), FAW-Volkswagen Automotive (FAW-VW) and SAIC Volkswagen Automotive (SAIC VW), will recall vehicles with Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflators (PSAN without desiccant).

The recall plan has been reported to to AQSIQ, and covers 4.86m vehicles, which were either imported by VGIC, imported and produced by FAW-VW or produced by SAIC VW. The recall will start in 2018 and be carried out in stages.

VGC said in a statement it had been decided, after discussions with Chinese authorities, inflator rupture may occur in rare cases when airbags deployed, which posed a potential safety risk.

"Acting upon an advice from the Chinese safety authority, Volkswagen Group China therefore made this recall decision. As of now, Volkswagen Group has not received any report on our products worldwide regarding ruptured Takata front airbags. A comprehensive parts analysis programme conducted so far, showed that the analysed inflators on Volkswagen Group products worldwide are under normal condition," the statement said.

Inflator replacements will be supplied and fitted in stages under the recall programme.

Affected vehicles and timing:

Volkswagen (China) Import
April 2018 - 1,795 units
Up! - Model year 2015-2016

August 2018 - 46,402 units
Golf Cabriolet - Model year 2012-2013
Caravelle - Model year 2008-2015
Multivan - Model year 2008-2015
Magotan Alltrack - Model year 2013-2015
Magotan Variant - Model year 2010-2015
CC - Model year 2009-2012
Alhambra - Model year 2013-2014
LEON - Model year 2012-2013
Superb COMBI - Model year 2013-2015
Octavia COMBI - Model year 2014-2015

March 2019 - 55,376 units
Sharan - Model year 2012-2016
EOS - Model year 2010-2013
Cross Golf - Model year 2011-2014

FAW-Volkswagen Automotive
June 2018 - 14,983 units
Audi A5 (FBU = fully imported)- Model year 2010-2011
Audi TT FBU - Model year 2015-2017
Audi R8 FBU - Model year 2016-2017

December 2018 - 745,330 units
New Bora - Model year 2008-2012

February 2019 - 377,079 units
Audi Q5 FBU - Model year 2010-2012
Audi A3 FBU - Model year 2010-2013
Audi A6L - Model year 2005-2008
Audi Q5 - Model year 2010-2011

July 2019 - 534,044 units
Audi A4 - Model year 2006-2008
Audi A6L - Model year 2009-2011
Audi Q5 - Model year 2012-2013

December 2019 - 680,582 units
New Bora - Model year 2013-2016

SAIC Volkswagen Automotive
March 2018 - 514,059 units
Polo Jinqing/Jinqu - Model year 2007-2009
Lavida - Model year 2007-2009
Touran - Model year 2007-2009
Passat New Lingyu - Model year 2007-2009

September 2018 - 872,404 units
Polo Jinqing/JinquModel year 2010-2011
Polo New Jinqu - Model year 2010-2011
Lavida - Model year 2010-2011
Touran - Model year 2010-2011
Passat Lingyu - Model year 2010-2011
Passat New Lingyu - Model year 2010-2011

February 2019 - 685,956 units
Polo New Jinqu - Model year 2012-2013
Lavida - Model year 2012-2013
New Lavida - Model year 2012-2013
Gran Lavida/Cross Lavida - Model year 2012-2013
Passat New Lingyu - Model year 2012-2013

March 2019 - 332,019 units
Santana 3000/Vista - Model year 2006-2013