Volkswagen Recall for Pedal Malfunction



Volkswagen (VW) has recalled nearly 800,000 vehicles due to a malfunction in the pedal construction. The Volkswagen AG group noticed the problem and issued a recall Thursday, March 24, 2016. Drivers of the VW Touaregs and sister company’s Porsche Cayennes built between 2011 and 2016 will be contacted by the company regarding their recall status.

According to the automaker, the pedal assembly in both cars may be faulty. Reuters reports that “a circlip could be loose on the bearing bracket for pedals.” This problem with the construction might have a negative impact on the performance of the pedals, said the VW group in a press release given Thursday.

The VW group has issued a recall for 409,477 Cayennes and 391,000 Touaregs made between 2011 and 2016. The company has said that owners will be contacted by the company. Owners are advised to bring their cars to authorized dealers, where they will be fixed at no cost to them. The VW group estimates the repair should take no longer than 30 minutes.

This is the most recent development in recalls by one of the most trusted brands in the auto industry. The day before, the company issued a recall for 177,000 Passats built between 2014 and 2015 in European factories. This move by the company was a result of problems with the electronics of the cars built during those years. In just days, the VW group has recalled nearly a million vehicles around the world.

These two recalls have come at a very bad time for VW group. The German automotive company was hit last year with an emissions scandal. The once reputable company had its name tarnished when it was discovered they had cheated emissions testing. Fortune stated that a federal judge in San Francisco gave VW until April 21, 2016, to put together a proposal for removing its vehicles from the road.

Further damaging VW’s reputation, the company fired the emissions whistle-blower, who is now suing the company. Volkswagen’s recall of 800,000 vehicles due to a possible malfunction in the pedal assembly is worldwide.

The Cayenne was Porsche’s best-selling SUV in the U.S., according to Bloomberg. Porche’s smaller SUV, the Macan, took over the lead in the U.S. market as of last year. Fortune reports that the Macan has taken over the lead in world sales, as well.

Audi’s sister model of the Cayenne and Toureg, the Q7, also shares some of the same technology and parts as its relatives. To date, there has not been a recall of the Q7. Bloomberg reports all three of the SUV models are manufactured in Bratislava, Slovakia, at the Volkswagen factory.

The defect in the clip was found during an internal inspection of the pedal assembly. In a press release given by Porsche, the company stated, “This is a purely precautionary measure, as there have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this concern.” Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted and the recommended fix will be free of charge.

The defect in Volkswagen’s and Porsche’s pedal assemblies may cause a malfunction in the performance of the pedals. The VW group has voluntary recalled 800,000 vehicles around the world and wants to remedy the situation. Drivers who purchased either the Touareg or the Cayenne will be contacted by the company and directed to a nearby service station where mechanics can fix the issue.

By Harrison Baker


Bloomberg: VW Recalls 800,477 Touareg, Porsche Cayenne SUVs to Check Pedals
CNET: Volkswagen, Porsche recall nearly 1 million SUVs for pedal issues Because the last thing you want is a pedal that stops working arbitrarily.
Fortune: Volkswagen Is Recalling Over 800,000 Cars For This Problem
FOX Business: Volkswagen Recalling about 800,000 Touareg and Porsche Cayenne Models Worldwide
Independent: VW recalls 800,000 Touareg and Porsche Cayenne cars to check pedals

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