VW recalls Golf and Passat over airbag defect – injury risk

Volkswagen (VW) has announced a recall campaign for several vehicle models due to a safety concern involving the front airbag system. The affected models include the FOX, GOLF, PASSAT, SAVEIRO, and VOYAGE, manufactured between the years 2013 and 2017. The recall campaign is being closely monitored by the KBA (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), the German Federal Motor Transport Authority.

The recall is necessary due to a potential fault in the front airbag gas generator, which may result in uncontrolled deployment and the release of metal fragments when the airbag is activated. This defect poses a significant safety risk to the vehicle occupants, as the released metal fragments could cause injuries.

To address this issue and ensure the safety of the affected vehicles’ occupants, Volkswagen will be implementing corrective actions. The manufacturer will either replace the faulty gas generator or the entire airbag module, depending on the specific requirements of each vehicle.

As part of their commitment to customer safety, Volkswagen urges all owners of the affected vehicles to take this recall seriously. It is crucial to promptly respond to the recall campaign to mitigate any potential risks associated with the faulty front airbag system. Owners are advised to contact the vehicle manufacturer or an authorized workshop to schedule an appointment for the necessary repairs.

The global scale of this recall is significant, with approximately 272,523 vehicles worldwide being affected. However, it is important to note that only two cases of damage resulting from this issue have been reported so far.

Volkswagen is working diligently to address the problem and rectify the situation. By taking proactive measures to replace the gas generator or airbag module, the company aims to ensure the safety and well-being of its customers.

Owners of the affected vehicles are encouraged to stay informed about the progress of the recall campaign and to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Regularly checking for updates from Volkswagen and promptly responding to any recall-related notifications is essential to ensure the safety of all vehicle occupants.

For more information or assistance regarding this recall campaign, owners are advised to contact the vehicle manufacturer or reach out to an authorized workshop. Volkswagen’s dedicated helpline will be available to provide further guidance and support.

Note: This recall article is based on the provided details as of the release date mentioned. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it is recommended to refer to official statements from Volkswagen or contact the manufacturer directly.

Manufacturer Code: 69EJ, 69EW, 69EV
Manufacturer Brand: VW
Year of Production: 2013 – 2017
Affected Vehicles (Worldwide): 272,523
Recall Monitoring: Supervised by the KBA
Release Date: 03/03/2023
Helpline: Contact the vehicle manufacturer or an authorized workshop.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com

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