RECALLS: Volkswagens With an Airbag Issue

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen’s dirty-diesel scandal isn’t the only concern for its owners.

If you own a VW from the list below, you may have a vehicle where the driver’s-side airbag won’t deploy. This recall was issued in August 2015 by theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and there’s still no fix from VW yet.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V483000

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. Approximately 420,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: 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.

2013 volkswagen eos

Concern: A loss of electrical connection to the driver’s frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a motor vehicle crash and increasing the risk of injury.

Correction: 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.

2014 Volkswagen Passat

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Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date (Month/Year) of your vehicle. This information can help you to determine whether or not your ride is currently under a NHTSA recall.

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S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.