Volkswagen and Porsche are recalling some of their premium sports utility vehicles to check their pedal mechanism.
Volkswagen and its Porsche unit issued a precautionary safety campaign affecting more than 800, 000 Touareg and Cayenne sports utility models to verify a faulty component on the pedal mechanism that might fail. In a notice to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automakers explained that the brake pedal pivot pin might be missing a circlip, allowing the pivot pin to move and the pedal to dislodge.
If this failure occurs, the driver may not be able to stop the car, significantly increasing the risk of a crash. However, there have been no accidents or injuries reported so far and the problem was recently fixed on the newest production models.
The recall affects 391,000 Touaregs and 409,477 Cayennes built between 2011 and 2016, targeting 46,700 VW SUVs and 88,300 Porsche SUVs in the United States.
The carmakers will notify ownerS and dealers will inspect the brake pedal assembly to verify the presence of the circlip and install any missing circlips, free of charge. Volkswagen and Porsche have not provided a notification schedule so far, but they said the customers would be notified as soon as possible.