WASHINGTON — Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 420,000 vehicles, including the 2010-'14 Volkswagen CC, Passat and Tiguan because of a problem that may prevent the driver's frontal airbag from deploying in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"Debris may contaminate the airbag clock spring, a spiral-wound flat cable that keeps the airbag powered while the steering wheel is being turned," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal airbag.
"A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal airbag will prevent the airbag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury."
Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gillies told Edmunds there are no injuries, accidents or fatalities linked to the recall.
He offered the following advice to consumers: "If the airbag light illuminates, we are advising customers to take their car to the dealer (for) a repair."
A date has not been set for the recall because Gillies said Volkswagen is still determining the remedy. Owners can contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their Volkswagen dealer. Those who notice the airbag light illuminating should get the vehicle in for service immediately.