Recalls: VW e-Golf, Touareg; Porsche Cayenne; Chevy Malibu

2016 VW e-golf


The Basics: Volkswagen and its Porsche unit are recalling more than 800,000 VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne SUVs globally as a precautionary measure, to fix a potentially faulty component on the pedal mechanism.

The Issue: The carmakers said 391,000 Touaregs and 409,477 Cayennes built between 2011 and 2016 would be recalled because “a circlip could be loose on the bearing bracket for pedals.”

Notes: It was not immediately clear how many of the recalls will take place in the U.S. 

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The Basics: General Motors is recalling about 3,200 of its new 2016 Chevrolet Malibus in the U.S. and Canada to replace side-impact air bag assemblies. The car has only been on sale for a few months.

The Issue: Two weld studs that secure the front- and rear-side-impact air bag assemblies could fracture and separate when the air bag deploys. As a result the inflated cushion could separate from the seat, increasing the risk of injury to occupants.

GM employees discovered the problem during routine testing. No owners have reported crashes or injuries related to the issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the side-impact airbag assemblies.

Notes: While the air bags were supplied by Takata, this recall is not part of the large Takata recall for front driver and passenger air bag inflators. These side-impact air bag assemblies use an inflator from ARC Automotive. The condition relates to the integrity of the studs that hold the assembly to the seat frame, not the performance or safety of the inflator.


The Basics: Volkswagen is recalling the 2015-2016 e-Golf to fix a problem with the battery management system. The campaign affects nearly 5,600 vehicles sold in the U.S. between May 21, 2014 and March 1, 2016.

The Issue: Basically, faulty battery software could cause the motor to shut off.

 “An unexpected vehicle shutdown can increase the risk of a crash,” the recall warns. “Other vehicle systems like power steering, brakes, lights and airbags remain unaffected as they are powered by the 12V low voltage system.”

According to NHTSA, Volkswagen first became aware of the problem in early 2015, but wasn’t able to locate the cause until the fall. In February, Volkswagen’s product safety committee reported the defect.

The Fix: A battery software update.  Recalls began March 15.

Photo Credit: Volkswagen
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