VW says it will stop using oil-sensing airbags in all of its models and make them mandatory on all of them by 2020.
The move comes as automakers are pushing for more safety improvements to help them compete in the modern world.
The VW brand’s owners are also being encouraged to use the airbags as they look to make the cars more environmentally friendly.
Volkswagen says the new technology will reduce the chance of a leak in the vehicle by 50% and will save more than $1,000 a year.
The automaker says it has found “no significant data” to suggest the vehicles are less fuel-efficient than older models.
The company said it has tested the technology in the Golf and Jetta models with “excellent results” and it will continue to use it.
The company says it also plans to deploy it in other models by 2020, and it says it expects “significant improvements in the quality and safety of the technology” in that time.
VW said the new system is available in the models with the most current models.