More than 130,000 Audi and Volkswagen vehicles have been recalled due to problems with the Antilock Brake System (ABS) control unit, which may fail and increase the risk of an auto accident.
The Volkswagen recall was announced by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on January 6, following dozens of consumer reports of the ABS or Electronic Stability Control (ESC) failing while attempting to stop the vehicle. To date, no injuries or crashes have been reported in relation to the recall.
The recalled Audi and VW vehicles are equipped with both ABS control units and ESC activation features to stabilize the vehicle as the brakes are applied. Volkswagen has determined that an incorrect solder compound used during the manufacturing process may cause the ground solder to prematurely crack due to thermo-mechanical stress, ultimately leading to insufficient power supply to the braking systems.
If this problem occurs, the brake system warnings will light up on the dashboard and the vehicle’s braking system stabilizing functions may fail, making it hard to control the vehicle when the brakes are applied.
Owners are being urged to contact dealers immediately if these icons illuminate to avoid potential loss of control situations and increased crash hazards.
The recall affects an estimated 135,683 model year 2009-2010 Volkswagen Jetta A5 Sedans, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagens, Eos, GTI, Rabbit and Audi A3 vehicles, and 2010 Volkswagen Golf A6 vehicles.
Volkswagen Group of America Inc. announced it will notify owners of the potential defect and provide instructions on how to schedule a free repair at their local dealer, who will update the ABS control module software to improve the module’s self-testing abilities. Any module that fails the new diagnostic testing will be replaced free of charge by Volkswagen.
Customers with further question are being asked to contact Volkswagen’s customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 to report adverse events and vehicle related defects.