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Airbag glitch prompts Audi Q7 recall

A software issue can allow the front airbags to deploy with excessive force.

Audi has kicked off a recall program for the 2017 Q7, addressing a potentially dangerous airbag issue.

"During assessment from a single incident report the factory was made aware of a potential issue due to an airbag not deploying according to the correct impact scenario," recall documents note.

Investigators determined that a software algorithm error can cause improper airbag behavior in a crash, in some cases deploying the frontal airbags with too much force in relation to the type of impact.

"Air bags that deploy with excessive force may increase the risk of injury," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website warns.

The campaign affects approximately 14,500 vehicles sold in the US market. Each will receive new software with revised triggering algorithms.

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