WASHINGTON — Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 993 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedans and Volkswagen e-Golf hatchbacks because the front passenger airbag may deploy improperly or not at all, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected vehicles are equipped with a Passenger Occupant Detection System that may have been manufactured improperly," NHTSA said in its recall summary.
The defect increases the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Customers are advised, until the recall repair has been performed, not to allow anyone to use the front passenger seat in their vehicle.
If the airbag light in the vehicle comes on or if the passenger airbag OFF light is not functioning correctly, owners are told to contact the nearest Volkswagen dealer to have the vehicle repaired without delay.
There are no accidents or injuries linked to the recall, Volkswagen told federal safety regulators.
The affected Jettas were built from September 8, 2014 to November 28, 2014. The affected e-Golfs were built from July 26, 2014 to December 3, 2014.
Volkswagen dealers will replace the Passenger Occupant Detection System control module. Volkswagen told dealers it expects to have sufficient parts on hand to begin repairs in November. Owners can contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should follow the aforementioned instructions carefully. It's wise to contact your VW dealer if you have any immediate concerns.