October 29, 2014

Perhaps They Should Have Tested More - Audi

Perhaps Audi Should Have Tested More... Earlier

This is another story about faulty airbags - but not the shrapnel-shooting airbag design by Takata. These airbags are faulty due to software bugs.

So if you own an Audi A4, Avant or Allroad vehicle, you might want to contact your dealer. A software problem may prevent your front airbags from deploying in a crash. copyrightjoestrazzere
  • Audi is recalling about 850,000 cars
  • Worldwide recall
  • Defective software could cause airbags to fail to deploy properly
  • An improper algorithm/coding within the airbag control module,
  • Front-seat occupants may not have the intended protection
  • Affects the Audi A4 sedans, Avant and AllRoad versions from 2011 through October 2014.
  • The software update takes about 20 minutes
  • The problem was discovered during routine quality assurance testing

It's nice that Audi discovered the problem recently. It's nice that the problem was discovered during routine testing.

Perhaps Audi should have tested more - perhaps before releasing the faulty software beginning 3 years ago.

This article originally appeared in my blog: All Things Quality
My name is Joe Strazzere and I'm currently a Director of Quality Assurance.
I like to lead, to test, and occasionally to write about leading and testing.
Find me at http://AllThingsQuality.com/.

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