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