2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI Recalled for Steering Problem | Edmunds

2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI Recalled for Steering Problem


Just the Facts:
  • Volkswagen of America is recalling 2,001 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI cars to fix a steering problem.
  • Earlier this month, the automaker issued a stop-sale order on the cars to its dealers.
  • Volkswagen dealers will replace the front stabilizer links.

WASHINGTON — Volkswagen of America is recalling 2,001 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI cars to fix a steering problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Earlier this month, the automaker issued a stop-sale order on approximately 811 of the cars to its dealers.

NHTSA posted the recall notice on its Web site on Thursday.

"In the affected vehicles, the stabilizer link fasteners may come loose and possibly interfere with the steering of the vehicle," NHTSA said in its summary of the problem.

"A loose stabilizer link may interfere with the vehicle's steering, requiring additional effort to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."

The affected cars were built from January 27, 2014 to May 12, 2014.

Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen of America spokesman, told Edmunds there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.

In its chronology submitted to NHTSA, Volkswagen attributed the problem to "insufficient torque performed at the factory during vehicle assembly." It noted that if the stabilizer link fasteners become loose over time, "there will be considerable noise coming from the front of the vehicle."

Test drives during the vehicle launch period in March reported noise from the front axle. Subsequent vehicle analysis showed loose stabilizer link fasteners.

Volkswagen dealers will replace the front stabilizer links. The recall is expected to begin in July. Owners can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Edmunds says: It's time to get in touch with your dealer if you own one of these vehicles.

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