All seems well. Whipped the wheel off per Mishar's advice and nothing was apparently out of order or broken. Reassembled and the airbag error was still there but now along with the steering angle sensor being out. The airbag error I then cleared and I re calibrated the steering angle sensor with VCDS and all is now good.
As for the steering heating apparently no longer working, I found out that it will only operate if the cabin temp is below 68F
so until it gets cold again I won't know. But no errors in VCDS for it so presume it's all good.