Imported German cars are a source of pride for their owners, and brands like Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen are known around the world as attractive, high quality cars. However, every car runs into problems and has the need for improvement at some point. Volkswagen is no different, as proven by its recent 600,000 car recall. Even if your car isn’t a Volkswagen itself, this recall still may impact you because the Volkswagen Group sells Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and other passenger cars. Here’s what you need to know!
Defects in Foreign Vehicles
After a number of incidents reported in Audi and Volkswagen vehicles in China and Israel at the end of January, Volkswagen issued a massive recall in the United States as a safety precaution. Fortunately no deaths have been caused by the problem, but many people sustained injuries.
Any Audi A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 SUVs of the 2013-2017 model years with 2.0-liter turbocharged engines could possibly be equipped with electric coolant pumps that become blocked with debris. In the case of a blockage, the overheated pump would lead to a fire. This arm of the recall extends to 342,867 vehicles.
In addition, Volkswagen’s Audi brand must also recall any 2011-2017 Q5 SUVs due to faulty sunroof drainage systems that could allow water to soak into the foam surrounding side air bag inflators. This would present a major problem, because the airbag could spew metal fragments into the vehicle if ruptured or upon impact. More than 234,000 vehicles are impacted by this portion of the recall.
Some Volkswagen cars themselves have also been recalled for faulty airbags, including the 2017 Golf, the 2016 eGolf, and the 2017 Tiguan. Investigations are still underway to determine if the faulty airbags were manufactured by the Japanese firm Takata.
What Should You Do?
If your car is impacted by this recall, you are supposed to receive a letter or call from Volkswagen to inform you of the problem and receive instructions about bringing your vehicle to an Audi or Volkswagen dealership for free repair. However, if your contact information has changed, be sure to seek this information out on your own, as you may not be able to hold the company responsible if you have an accident involving one of the recall problems.