Recall Roundup: Volkswagen Recalls 135K Small Cars to Update ABS Software

Recall Roundup: Volkswagen Recalls 135K Small Cars to Update ABS Software

By Joseph Dobrian, January 10, 2017
  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class photo

    During the past week, Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) and Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) issued vehicle recalls, affecting a total of 183,540 light passenger vehicles. The Volkswagen recall concerns the braking system; the largest Mercedes recall involves the front passenger air bag. Details for each safety recall are on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order by car brand.

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 photo

    2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

    • Number of vehicles affected: 10
    • Date of manufacture: Aug December 14, 2012 to April 24, 2013
    • Issue: A fitting that connects the vacuum line to the brake booster may break, causing increased force to be needed to apply the brakes. If the vehicle unexpectedly needs increased pressure on the brake pedal to apply the brakes, there would be an increased risk of a crash.
    • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the connector end fitting at the brake booster free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in February 2017. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V901000
  • 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 photo

    2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class; 2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class; 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS63 AMG

    • Number of vehicles affected: 47,799
    • Date of manufacture: April 23, 2014 to May 10, 2016
    • Issue: In the affected model-year 2016-2017 GL350 4Matic Bluetec, GL550 4Matic, GLE350 4Matic, GLE43 AMG Coupe, GLE450 4Matic, 2016 GLE300d 4Matic, GLE350, GLE350d 4Matic, GLE400 4Matic, GLE550e 4Matic, GLE63 AMG, GLE63 AMG 4Matic, GLE63S AMG 4Matic Coupe, and 2017 GLS63 AMG vehicles, the front passenger seat occupant classification system (OCS) calibration may be incorrect, and as a result, the system may incorrectly classify the occupant as a child seat, deactivating the front passenger air bag. If the front passenger air bag does not deploy as necessary in the event of a crash, the front passenger has an increased risk of injury.
    • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in January 2017. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V903000
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG photo

    2015-2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class; 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

    • Number of vehicles affected: 48
    • Date of manufacture: September 29, 2014 to March 27, 2015
    • Issue: In the affected model-year 2015 GL350 4Matic Blutec, GL450 4Matic, GL550 4Matic, ML250 Blutec, ML350, ML350 4Matic, ML400 4Matic, and 2015-2016 GL63 AMG 4Matic vehicles, the axle bolts on the front and/or rear drive axle carriers may not have been assembled correctly. As a result, the remaining bolts may fracture, and the vehicle may become unstable, reducing the handling capability and increasing the risk of a crash.
    • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the axle carrier bolts free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in February 2017. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V900000
  • 2009 Volkswagen GTI photo

    Various 2009-2010 Volkswagen, Audi Vehicles

    • Number of vehicles affected: 135,683
    • Date of manufacture: The recall affects vehicles made in the 2009 and 2010 model years.
    • Issue: In the affected Volkswagen Jetta A5 Sedan, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, Eos, GTI, Rabbit, and Audi A3 vehicles, and 2010 Volkswagen Golf A6 vehicles, the anti-lock brake system (ABS) control unit may fail during ABS or electronic stability control (ESC) activation, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control.
    • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS control module software to improve the module's self-testing abilities. Any module that fails the new diagnostic test will be replaced. These repairs will be made free of charge to the vehicle owner.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V913000
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