By William Boston
BERLIN — Audi AG, the German luxury car maker, has issued a world-wide recall of 850,000 Audi A4 sedans, urging their owners to bring their cars in to repair a defective air bag, a company spokesman said Thursday.
The move makes the Volkswagen AG subsidiary the latest global auto maker to launch a recall.
Audi /zigman2/quotes/207972355/delayed DE:NSU -0.63% said the problem with its air bags isn’t related to the global recall of millions of cars containing defective air bags manufactured by the Japanese company Takata Corp. . The problem with Audi’s air bags is related to a software glitch that can prevent the air bag from opening in a collision, the company said.
“We are looking into a number of accidents to see if the air bag was involved,” an Audi spokesman said, adding that the Ingolstadt, Germany-based company knows of no injuries or deaths related to the air bag problem.