Volkswagen recalls 143,000 Atlas SUVs over airbag-related glitch

Volkswagen has announced a recall of 143,000 Atlas SUVs due to a potential airbag-related glitch.

The recall affects Atlas SUVs from the 2018 and 2019 model years. The issue involves a programming error in the Occupant Detection System, which is used to determine if a passenger is in the front passenger seat and, if so, to activate the airbag.

The German automaker said that the ODS “may not detect an adult in the front passenger seat,” and as a result, the airbag may not deploy in the event of a crash. Volkswagen noted that the problem “does not affect vehicles equipped with the optional driver-side knee airbag.”

The automaker said it will begin notifying owners of the affected vehicles in mid-June and will provide instructions on how to have the problem corrected at no cost. Volkswagen dealers will reprogram the Occupant Detection System in order to correct the issue.

The company said there have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue.