Volkswagen has announced a recall for several of its models because of a possible problem with their airbags.
According to the car manufacturer, there are approximately 420,000 Volkswagen vehicles affected by this recall in the United States and these include the 2010 – 2014 Volkswagen CC, the 2010 – 2013 Volkswagen Eos, the 2011 – 2014 Volkswagen Golf / Golf GTI, the 2010 – 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, the 2011 – 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, the 2010 Volkswagen Passat (German made), the 2010 – 2014 Volkswagen Passat (U.S. made) and the 2010 – 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan.
“On certain vehicles, the steering wheel clock spring could become contaminated with long hair or long fibers which may cause a displacement of the internal guide loops. When the guide loops are dragged out of position, they may apply tension to the internal flat cable and cause it to tear. Should the cable tear, the electrical connection to the driver’s front airbag may be lost, causing the airbag monitoring indicator light to illuminate. In a crash that warrants a driver front airbag deployment, the airbag will not deploy, leading to a risk of driver injury”, says the automaker in its press release.
Volkswagen hasn’t received any reports on accidents or injuries related to this condition and the recall should begin once the affected VINs and the remedy will be identified. All owners of the affected vehicles mentioned above will be notified by the car manufacturer and an appointment with an authorized VW dealer will be arranged. The necessary repairs / replacements will be performed free of charge. The carmaker hasn’t provided a notification schedule at this point. For any extra details on the topic, owners can contact the VW Customer Service at 1-800-822-8987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.