Volkswagen Recalls 1.1 Million Cars Globally; Is Your VW Affected?

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German automaker Volkswagen AG is recalling more than 1.1 million cars globally for a potential rear suspension system problem.

Recall details:

  • United States 442,265 cars.
  • Canada 126,000 cars, including 2011-2013 VW Jettas and 2012-2013 VW Beetles.
  • China 581,090 locally made Sagitars, a Jetta variant, as well as Beetles.

Why should you take this recall seriously?

If the affected cars are involved in a rear or side collision, the trailing-arm suspension could crack, which, if undetected, could lead to a crash.

How is Volkswagen planning to rectify this issue?

Authorised dealers will inspect the recalled cars and install a metal support to protect the part or replace the broken unit.

What is a trailing-arm suspension?

A trailing-arm suspension, sometimes referred as trailing-link is typically used on the rear axle of a motor vehicle, which allows the rear to swing up and down.

Trailing-arm designs have one or more arms connected between the axle and a pivot point (located on the chassis of a motor vehicle).

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Story first published: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 9:14 [IST]
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