"The brake pedal pivot pin may be missing a circlip, allowing the pivot pin to move and the brake pedal to dislodge," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If the brake pedal dislodges, the driver may not be able to apply the brakes, increasing the risk of a crash."
There are no injuries, accidents or fatalities linked to the recall, Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gillies told Edmunds.
This is part of a global recall of about 800,000 Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne SUVs.
The pedal may feel "spongy" when the pivot pin starts to move out of the pedal bracket, Volkswagen said in a document filed with federal safety regulators.
Volkswagen dealers will inspect the brake-pedal assembly to verify the presence of the circlip and install any missing circlips.
A date has not been set for the recall. But Volkswagen told its dealers that it is working on a list of affected vehicles and will make the information available as soon as possible. NHTSA does not have a list of when the affected vehicles were built at this point.
Owners can contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should wait for their official recall notice from Volkswagen and then schedule a service appointment with their dealers. If you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.