Volkswagen is recalling approximately 420,000 vehicles to fix an issue with airbag wiring.
The issue was first reported in 2011, but Volkswagen conducted an internal investigation and concluded at the time that the failure rate was too low to warrant a formal recall. But with all the other airbag-related recalls going on these days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration got involved earlier this year, challenging the assessment which resulted in Volkswagen announcing a recall for the issue.
According to the German automaker, debris can contaminate the spiral-wound clock spring that connects to the steering wheel airbag. As a result, the debris can tear the cable and cause airbag failure in some cases.
The recall documents said, “A loss of electrical connection to the driver’s frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.” Affected vehicles include the 2010-2014 CC, Passat and Tiguan; the 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta; the 2011-2014 Golf and GTI and the 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen.
Volkswagen has not announced a fix for the issue or a timeline for the recall to get underway.
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