Faulty Airbag Detection System Prompts Volkswagen Recall

Faulty Airbag Detection System Prompts Volkswagen Recall
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October 16, 2015

It's not the one consumers were expecting, but Volkswagen has announced a recall.

The automaker currently embroiled in an EPA investigation is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2015 Jetta, Golf, and E-Golf vehicles due to an airbag defect. The affected vehicles are equipped a Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) that may have been manufactured improperly. As a result, the front passenger seat occupant may be improperly classified or may not be detected.

In the event of a crash, if the front passenger seat occupant is incorrectly classified or non-detected, the passenger frontal airbag may deploy improperly or not at all, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Volkswagen is including almost 1,000 vehicles in this recall.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PODS control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015.

Owners with questions about the recall should contact Volkswagen customer service at (800) 893-5298.