Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, Golf and Golf SportWagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump may shear off, resulting in a loss of brake assist.
If the camshaft lobe shears off there would be a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Approximately 92,000 vehicles are affected by the recall.
The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Volkswagen will send owners an interim notification by December 22, 2015 and will send a second notification when a remedy plan has been finalized, currently expected to be in March 2016
Volkswagen of America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles equipped with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid.
The leaking transmission fluid could contact a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire.
Volkswagen says approximately 26,000 vehicles are effected and has agreed to notify owners, and dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 16, 2014.
Plaintiffs bring this action on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated owners and lessees within the United States of model year 2003-2007 Volkswagen New Beetle automobiles equipped with a Tiptronic automatic transmission to seek monetary, declaratory, and equitable relief for their claims arising out of a defect in the design and/or manufacture of the automatic transmission of the subject vehicles. The defect causes the transmission to malfunction and require replacement, thereby forcing vehicle owners to sustain monetary damages, and leaving them with a malfunctioning vehicle. Defendant Volkswagen Group of America (“Volkswagen” or “Defendant”) has been aware of the defect, but at first chose to ignore it, and shirked all responsibility.
According to the complaint, when the clamor of affected vehicle owners grew, Volkswagen eventually agreed to extend the warranty but only for the valve body of the transmission for the subject vehicles. This warranty extension, however, is of little use because it does not cover any damage to the vehicle’s transmission which, as a direct result of the defective transmission valve body, fails and needs replacement at a cost of several thousands of dollars. In effect, Volkswagen’s offer to extend the warranty but to limit that extended coverage only to the transmission’s valve body while washing its hands of any liability for the resultant damage to the transmission itself, is tantamount to relying on the proverbial “finger in the dike” approach to dealing (or refusing to deal) with the defects prevalent in VW’s transmission.
The complaint against Volkswagen was brought on behalf of Florida residents who purchased and/or leased a Volkswagen vehicle for personal,family or household use, which vehicle had or currently has a defective fuse box/alternator cable electrical system that melted or burned, or is at risk of melting or burning, thereby causing or threatening to cause the vehicle to lose power while underway in traffic or to catch fire.
The vehicles affected include (a) the 2003-2005 New Beetle Convertible, nd the 1999-2005 New Beetle (the “Vehicles”)
As alleged in the complaint, the failure of the fuse box/alternator cable assemblies is not a result of normal wear and tear or a reasonably expected failure rate for new parts, but is a basic design defect that existed at the time of manufacture of each vehicle and is believed to be related to the current carrying capacity of one or more components of the assemblies.
By complaints of its customers, both directly and through its dealers, Volkswagen was on notice that the fuse box/alternator cable assemblies were defective and not fit for their intended purpose of properly and effectively distributing electrical charge to the battery and power to other systems Volkswagen actively concealed and/or failed to notify the public of the existence and nature of said defects or of the possible safety issues presented by the defects Volkswagen has not recalled the Vehicles to repair the defects, it has not offered to repair the defects to its customers free of charge, and it has not offered to reimburse owners, present or past, who incurred costs relating to system repairs.
Plaintiffs allege that Volkswagen is responsible and liable for the costs of inspecting and replacing the defective fuse box/alternator cable assemblies.