Volkswagen is issuing a stop-sale and recall for the 2015 GTI and Golf because of a problem with the front stabilizer link fasteners. The stop-sale covers 705 vehicles at US dealers, and, according to Automotive News an additional 108 cars in Canada. Company spokesperson Jeannine Ginivan also told Autoblog that it's recalling 2,001 examples in the US and 446 in Canada that customers already own to repair the issue.

According to Automotive News, the fasteners were installed with too little torque during assembly and could work themselves loose. However, Volkswagen of America reports that there have been no fires, accidents or injuries caused by the problem. The fix involves dealers replacing the front stabilizer links on the affected vehicles, and obviously customers aren't being charged. Until repaired, the ones still on dealer lots can't be sold, though. Ginivan also confirms that most of the cars are GTIs because the Golf doesn't officially launch until August in the US.

Volkswagen will officially notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue the recall soon. Scroll down to read the automaker's brief statement on the stop sale.
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Volkswagen Statement
Volkswagen is stopping the sale of approximately 700 Golf and Golf GTI vehicles from model year 2015 due to the potential for the front stabilizer link fasteners to work loose. To fix the issue, VW will replace the front stabilizer links, at no charge. No fires, accidents or injuries have been reported. We have asked our dealers to immediately stop the sale of affected vehicles. We will officially notify NHTSA and will be in contact with customers impacted by this issue.


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      razorpit
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good thing they waited a year to bring this over... (Rolls eyes..)
      ChrisD
      • 5 Months Ago
      Welcome to Mexico!!
      billy_sims33
      • 5 Months Ago
      Strike One for Pueblo Mexico.........
      knightrider_6
      • 5 Months Ago
      Building death traps. That's the power of German engineering.
        J
        • 5 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Typical liberal. Runs his mouth before using his brain.
      Hampton
      • 5 Months Ago
      Steering?Have they figured out how to stop water from collecting in the foot wells on the new Mk7 like my two Golfs did?
      SloopJohnB
      • 5 Months Ago
      Too little torque? I'd be inclined to just retorque them. Too little clamping force is a different issue requiring replacement….wonder what's really going on here...
        Christopher Anderson
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Every bolt VW uses in suspension is a one-time-use "stretch bolt" or properly called a Torque to Yield bolt. The bolts stretch when torqued to provide more clamping force, but are supposed to be replaced every time you remove them. If they didn't torque the bolts correctly, it seems that the bolts could be re-used, but they are probably just being cautious, since re-used ones can fail. Since this would be done by machine, it sounds like someone goofed on the programming.
          what
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Christopher Anderson
          You're not allowed to comment unless you're bashing Mexico of VW. ;-)
          Christopher Anderson
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Christopher Anderson
          Haha, well I'm planning to buy one as soon as they start building the Performance Package ones, so I clearly don't mind the factory location.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Christopher Anderson
          ^correct.
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      Huh, that's weird.
      dohc73
      • 5 Months Ago
      Interesting that this hasn't been an issue with Golfs since their launch in Europe.
        dohc73
        • 5 Months Ago
        @dohc73
        These cars were probably built about the time Mexico was still in the World Cup.
      holophonic
      • 5 Months Ago
      Can we read anything into those numbers? 700 on the lot and 1300 presumably out in the wild. A good launch interrupted? Or a bad launch that will be obscured by this setback?
        holophonic
        • 5 Months Ago
        @holophonic
        Found the answer - http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/7/1/279537/Volkswagen-Delivers-28827-Units-In.aspx They can't get the new cars here fast enough.
      JB
      • 5 Months Ago
      Damn, had my money ready for the 15 Golf TDI.
      Snaisa
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hmm I put 20k mi/yr mostly highway, but still - GTI or GTD?
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