Recall Roundup: Volkswagen Recalls a Variety of Models to Fix Air Bag Mechanism
During the past week, Volkswagen Group of America recalled a total of approximately 420,000 vehicles, from the 2010 through 2014 model years, for an issue with the air bag clock spring. Meanwhile, Nissan issued a much smaller recall of some of its 2016 Maxima sedans. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2016 Nissan Maxima
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 5,458 model-year 2016 Nissan Maxima vehicles manufactured March 19, 2015, to June 2, 2015. In the affected vehicles, due to an improperly installed o-ring that may not have been seated correctly at the time of assembly, fuel may leak during a crash from the area where the fuel sending unit attaches to the fuel tank. This may increase the risk of a fire in the event of a crash.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V486000.
Volkswagen: Various 2010-2014 Vehicles
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling approximately 420,000 model-year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan; 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta; 2011-2014 Golf and GTI; and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring: a spiral-wound flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag. 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.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V483000.