Volkswagen has issued a recall of nearly 92,000 petrol powered cars in the United States to fix mechanical issues which can knock out the power-assisted brakes. Vehicles affected include the 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol variants of the 2015 and 2016 Golf, Jetta, Passat and the Beetle.
According to VW, a part of the camshaft can shear off leading to a loss of vacuum in the power brakes. This can cause an increase in braking distances and possibly cause a crash. The engines then turn down their power outputs to avoid further damage.
The German car giant stated that it discovered the problems after receiving reports of camshaft failures. As of now no injuries or loss of life related to the issue have been reported. However, VW would not confirm if there have been any crashes reported.
A fix for the issue is expected by the end of March. Till then, the company has asked owners to keep on driving but has asked them to report malfunctioning warning lights or other trouble to dealers.
The recall is the latest setback for Volkswagen in the United States following the diesel-gate scandal.