91,867 U.S. Vehicles Affected By New VW Recall
Volkswagen of America (VW) informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will voluntarily recall 91,867 vehicles in the U.S. over engine camshaft failures that can cause a loss of braking power and result in a crash. The camshaft lobe drives the brake vacuum pump. If the camshaft lobe breaks, drivers would lose power assistance and suffer reduced engine performance. The affected vehicles are powered by the new 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines.
These models include:
- 2015-2016 Jetta
- 2015-2016 Beetle
- 2015-2016 Beetle Convertible
- 2015-2016 Golf Sportwagen
- 2015-2016 Passat
- 2015-2106 Golf
- 2015-2016 GTI
If you’ve ever driven a car that doesn’t have power brakes, you know exactly how hard brake pedals can be to depress without assistance. Suddenly going from full brake assist to none at all on a modern car would be quite frightening.
Thankfully, no injuries have yet been reported due to the recently discovered camshaft failure. It appears VW has learned a valuable lesson to stay ahead of scandals. After they admitted that 800,000 “clean diesel” VW cars had a “defeat device” to cheat emissions testing, they have been in very deep water. VW estimates the fallout from the emissions-compromised cars could cost over $2.19 billion.
How much this particular camshaft recall will cost the company has not been indicated. However, the dollar amount will likely be far less than the cheating emissions scandal. That, by itself, will have a very negative affect on sales and the company’s future.