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.
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.