German engineering. For years, it has been considered the “gold standard” in manufacturing automobiles. With the Autobahn as a training ground of sorts, it has become understood that German engineering was the best, most precise available in the market.
Volkswagen has taken advantage of this, generating one of the more respected common-man car brands in the world. This then makes things unfortunate when defects arise that force recalls of vehicles borne of German engineering. But Germans are still human, and even the best engineering will have defects on occasion. Here is a brief recap of some recent Volkswagen recalls in the U.S.
While the actual recall was in 2015, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation was launched in November 2017 to see if Volkswagen did enough in its initial recall to fix a problem with air bag sensors which resulted in nearly 100 complaints to the federal agency since the recall was conducted two years ago. The recall was launched intially upon the insistence of the NHTSA after nine complaints were filed. The initial recall impacted more than 410,000 vehicles for model years 2010 through 2014 – including the Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, Golf and GTI, among others.
The airbag sensor defect causes the airbag warning light to come on, confusing owners as to whether the airbag is functional. The NHTSA is asking whether more vehicles should be included in the recall, or whether VW is conducting inadequate fixes for the problem. No accidents or injuries have been reported where this issue has been a factor.
A more recent recall was announced by Volkswagen in August of 2017, when the company said it would recall more than 280,000 vehicles for a fuel-pump malfunction that would cause the engine to stall. The recall impacts 2009-2016 model year CC sedans and 2006-2010 Passat sedans and wagons.
It was reported to the NHTSA that these vehicles may have had faulty fuel pumps, which may interrupt the flow of gasoline into the engine, causing the engine to stall – increasing the risk of a potential crash.
Until recently, Volkswagen had a reputation for excellence based on “German engineering.” But in the wake of these recent recalls – and the worldwide emissions fraud involving 11 million of its diesel vehicles – the company has taken a few body shots to that reputation.
So far, the recent recalls haven’t resulted in major injuries or known accidents, but any defect can be at least a nuisance or inconvenience. It does not mean that you should just put up with it; you expect to have safe, reliable transportation, and you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to ensure that happens. Having a quality attorney on your side to discuss your rights and duties as a car owner when a defect is discovered will help you get the resolution you need as quickly as possible.