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Volkswagen recalling 460,000 cars in U.S. and Canada over airbag problems

Golf, Jetta and Tiguan among models under recall order



Volkswagen is recalling approximately 460,000 vehicles over air bag-related safety issues. PHOTO: David Kerwood, via Wikimedia Commons

Volkswagen is recalling approximately 460,000 vehicles over air bag-related safety issues. PHOTO: David Kerwood, via Wikimedia Commons


BERLIN—Volkswagen has announced it will recall approximately 460,000 cars in North America due to a potential safety issue involving the driver-side front airbag in its Golf, Tiguan, Passat, Jetta, EOS, GTI and CC in model years 2011 to 2014

The recall with affect 41,308 vehicles north of the border, according to Transport Canada.

“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,” the agency said.

The guide loop being dragged out of position could lead to a cable tear that could sever communication with the driver-side front airbag. Though no incidents have been reported the company said the problem could cause the airbag to fail to deploy in a crash.

VW, which was crowned the world’s largest automaker after overtaking Toyota in sales for the first half of 2015, announced the recall Aug. 14.

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