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Volkswagen has a new recall in the US that affects 91,867 vehicles with the company's EA888 1.8- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines. The problem? The rear camshaft lobe can shear off. The affected models are:


The camshaft lobe that can break off drives the brake vacuum pump, and if the problem occurs drivers would lose power assistance and suffer reduced engine performance. The company has no reports of injuries from this issue, though. According to Volkswagen of America spokesperson Mark Gillies to Autoblog, the affected engines were made at the company's Silao factory.

According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (as a PDF), VW doesn't yet know the root cause for these failures, and the automaker doesn't expect to have a fix ready until March 2016. The company will first notify owners of the problem on December 22, and it'll send a second letter when there's a repair. If a vehicle is affected in the meantime, dealers will replace the camshaft for free with existing parts.
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RECALL Subject : Loss of Power Brakes due to Camshaft Lobe Fracture Report

Receipt Date: OCT 26, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V705000
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91,867

All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)

VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2015-2016
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 2015-2016
VOLKSWAGEN GTI 2015-2016
VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 2015-2016
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2015-2016

Details
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

SUMMARY: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, Golf/GTI 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.

CONSEQUENCE: 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.

REMEDY: 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. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23R1.

NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


VOLKSWAGEN ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL

Herndon, VA - Volkswagen considers the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers a top priority. As such, Volkswagen has notified NHTSA of an upcoming voluntary safety recall affecting approximately 91,800 vehicles with a 1.8T or 2.0L gasoline engine from the 2015-2016 model year. The models involved are: Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat.
The recall affects approximately 91,800 model year 2015 and 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat vehicles in the U.S. On some vehicles, the rear camshaft lobe has the potential to unexpectedly shear off from the camshaft. If this happens, vacuum pump power will be lost so that the pump will not deliver further vacuum supply to the brake booster, and reduced engine power will cause the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) to come on. After depletion of the vacuum reserve, braking effort increases. A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash.

At no cost to customers, authorized VW dealers will repair the vehicle if it is identified as having come from one of the affected production lots.

No injuries related to this issue have been reported. Volkswagen will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

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