Volkswagen Beetles Recalled for Defective Takata Airbags
Volkswagen AG has issued a vehicle defect recall for about 670,000 cars and SUVs in North America for potentially faulty airbags.
According to a Detroit News report, the German automaker has said that loss of electrical connection to the driver’s frontal airbag could prevent the airbag from deploying in the event of a crash.
This recall includes 420,000 vehicles in the United States and 250,000 in Canada.
Models included in this recall are the 2010-14 CC, 2011-13 EOS, 2011-14 Golf and GTI, 2010-14 Passat and Tiguan, 2010-13 Jetta.
The Problem with the Airbags
Volkswagen has said the debris may contaminate the airbag block spring, a spiral cable that keeps the airbag powered while the steering wheel is being turned.
It may tear the cable result in loss of power.
In March, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a probe into the 2012 Passat and CC after getting reports of nine airbag failures from clock springs in VW vehicles.
The automaker disclosed that it met with NHTSA on July 15 to explain its position and the agency demanded it recall the vehicles.
Failure to Deploy
Airbags are critical safety features in our vehicles today. A number of vehicles are even equipped with side curtain airbags, which protect vehicle occupants in broadside collisions, which have the potential to result in serious injuries or even deaths.
When an airbag is defective and fails to deploy, occupants lose that extra layer of protection.
As a result they may suffer blunt force trauma during a car accident and not receive the protection they desperately need during such a time.
Auto Product Liability Issues
We hope federal officials are also looking into whether Volkswagen has issued a prompt recall here. The automaker has not released a schedule yet to fix the defective vehicles.
If you own one of these defective vehicles, be sure to get it inspected by a mechanic for any potential problems with the airbag. When you own a recalled vehicle, you can go to a dealer to get it repaired at no cost.
If you have been injured by a defective vehicle, please contact an experienced auto product liability attorney who will help you seek and obtain compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
Be sure to preserve the vehicle in its current state so it can be examined by an expert for defects, malfunctions and design flaws.
The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.