Photo of Audi S3 Sedan courtesy of Audi.

Photo of Audi S3 Sedan courtesy of Audi.

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 11,618 2017-model year Audi A3 vehicles and S3 Sedans because of potential air bag malfunction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

During a crash at lower speeds, the air bag control unit software may improperly deploy the passenger frontal air bag, NHTSA said. This can occur if the front seat passenger is sitting on the edge of the seat or is lying in the seat while it’s in the reclined position.

“If the air bag deploys with more force than intended, it can increase the risk of injury,” NHTSA warned on its website.

Because of this problem, these vehicles fail to comply with all federal safety standards. To resolve the issue, Audi dealers will update the air bag control module software. There will be no charge for this service.

The recall is expected to begin this month. Vehicle owners can reach Audi customer service at (800) 253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69Q3.