Volkswagen is recalling 420,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to trouble that can prevent front air bags from deploying in a crash.
The recall is for eight models, including the Jetta, Passat and Tiguan, with model years between 2010 and 2014. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that debris can rip a cable that keeps the front air bag powered, which could lead to a failure to deploy. There were nine complaints from customers, the NHTSA said. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
"In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag," the agency said on its site.
Volkswagen said it is still developing a fix for the problem and will notify owners when it does. But it said that customers who see the air bag monitoring light illuminate should contact a dealer immediately to have the vehicle inspected or repaired.
The recalled vehicles are the CC, Passat, and Tiguan with model years 2010 to 2014; the Eos and Jetta with model years 2010 to 2013; the Golf and GTI with model years 2011 to 2014; and the Jetta SportWagen with model years 2011 to 2013.