"Oversensitive diagnostics for the high-voltage battery-management system may falsely detect an electrical surge, resulting in the vehicle's electric-drive motor shutting down unexpectedly," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "An unexpected vehicle shutdown can increase the risk of a crash."
The automaker has received complaints about stalling events in the cars from the U.S. market, according to a document Volkswagen filed with federal safety regulators.
"There have been isolated incidents, but no injuries," wrote Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gillies in response to a query from Edmunds.
The affected e-Golf electric cars were built from May 21, 2014 to March 1, 2016.
Edmunds says: This repair is available now. The action is a software update only and no parts are required. Owners should schedule a service appointment with their dealer.