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Volkswagen Recalls 420,000 Vehicles for Driver Airbag Issue

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/14/2015 Jason Udy

Volkswagen has issued a voluntary recall for a problem affecting the driver’s front airbag. The automaker has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the issue.

The Problem: If the steering wheel clock spring becomes contaminated with long hair or long fibers, it could cause the internal guide loops to become displaced. Once the guide loops are out of position, tension on the internal flat cable could cause it to tear. If that happens, the electrical connection to the driver’s airbag could be lost. Not only will the airbag light illuminate, but the airbag will not deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Volkswagen says no crashes or injuries related to the issue have been reported.

The Fix: Volkswagen will notify owners of affected vehicles to take to a dealer for repair. The automaker is still identifying affected vehicle VINs.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The issue affects approximately 420,000 Volkswagen models including certain 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, 2010-2013 Volkswagen Eos, 2011-2014 Volkswagen Golf/GTI, 2010-2013 Volkswagen Jetta, 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, 2010 Volkswagen Passat (German Production), 2010-2014 Volkswagen Passat (U.S. Production), and 2010-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan models.

Source: Volkswagen 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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