In the midst of recent emissions issue, Volkswagen of America Inc. has issued a voluntary recall involving 91,800 vehicles due to a safety issue not related to the current emissions problem affecting the Volkswagen Group.
The automaker says it has already notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding this recent recall that affects certain vehicles with 1.8T or 2.0 gasoline engines.
According to Volkswagen of America, the affected vehicles include both the 2015 and 2015 models of the Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Jetta, Passat, Golf and Golf SportWagen.
According to the company, the rear camshaft lobe on the affected vehicles can possibly shear off from the camshaft unexpectedly. Should this happen, the car will lose vacuum pump power and therefore, further vacuum supply cannot be delivered to the brake booster. If this happens, the reduced engine power will prompt the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) to come on. And with the reduced vacuum reserve, there will be increased braking effort. This and the reduced engine power in the vehicle can increase one’s risk of a crash.
Nonetheless, Volkswagen says that they have not received reports of any injuries related to its current camshaft issue so far.
As a remedy, Volkswagen says its authorized VW dealers will be repairing the affected vehicles free of charge, so long as the vehicle can be identified as having come from the one of the affected production lots. The carmaker shall also send a notification to affected vehicle owners and will instruct them to make an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer.