Volkswagen of America has announced a voluntary recall of certain 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, Golf and Jetta vehicles. Volkswagen has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of this recall. This is a safety recall due to a problem with the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) control module in these cars.
According to Volkswagen, the PODS control module has an electronic-magnetic coil inside of it. In the affected models, the module lacks proper insulation between the coil layers. If this happens, the PODS control module may not work properly and will not classify a front passenger seat occupant. If this happens, the vehicle’s Passenger Airbag OFF indicator may light up. Although no accidents or injuries have been reported, if the module fails it could lead to a failure of the airbag to deploy in the event of a crash.
The recall covers 993 Volkswagen vehicles from 2015 that were sold in the U.S. Owners of the affected cars will be notified by Volkswagen of how to rectify the problem. Volkswagen dealers will replace the module at no cost.