These fasteners do not comply with FMVSS 225.
Back in July 2021, the German brand was informed by the Volkswagen Group that the rear seat belt central locking harness could be routed incorrectly. Countermeasures were immediately implemented in production to prevent the possibility of misrouting.
During October 2021, the company examined some vehicles for defects. According to Audi, “ten percent of the vehicles sampled showed incorrect wiring.” Further testing has shown that this condition is clearly visible on affected vehicles.
From November to January 2022, the automaker conducted additional investigations in which Audi identified non-compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 225 if the lower mountings on the right rear seat do not work due to wiring conditions. After a small dispute between the US and German teams, the Audi Product Safety Committee subsequently decided to issue a non-compliance recall on 16 February.
Exactly 693 e-tron GT models produced between March 18, 2021 and September 15, 2021 have been recalled. Despite being one of the most expensive Audi vehicles sold to date, the fix for the e-tron GT comes in the form of a “fabric tape”. In particular, the wiring harness will be properly routed and then secured with fabric tape to correct this condition.