Volkswagen Group of America (VW) will recall more than 10,000 vehicles equipped with insufficiently coated brake calipers.
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The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they will recall 10,206 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, 2018 Volkswagen Passat, 2018 Volkswagen Beetle, 2018 Audi Q5, 2018 Volkswagen Golf, 2018 Volkswagen GTI, 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and 2018 Audi SQ5 vehicles built between March 20 and June 4, 2018.
The affected vehicles are equipped with brake caliper pistons lacking proper coating. This coating’s absence can affect brake performance, increasing crash risk.
The company said A Volkswagen dealership in Chattanooga, Tennessee discovered on or around May 17, 2018 several vehicles on their outbound yard with low or soft brake pedal feel. The company stopped all outbound shipments and began investigating the issue.
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The supplier, Kelsey-Hayes Company of Livonia, Michigan, informed Volkswagen about brake caliper pistons produced at their plant lacking adequate coating. Testing throughout May 2018 confirmed this suspicion, and Volkswagen decided on June 1, 2018 to initiate a recall.
Volkswagen and Audi will notify their owners. Audi dealers will bleed the rear brakes. Volkswagen dealers will inspect the brake system and as necessary, bleed the front brakes (Atlas models only) or bleed the rear brakes (all other Volkswagen models). Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the brake system has been checked. The recall is expected to begin before July 31, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s numbers for this recall are 47N8, 47N9, and 47N6. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law lawyers help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.