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U.S. Opens Probe into Airbag Failures in 415,800 VW Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into complaints about frontal driver airbag systems that could fail in Volkswagen vehicles.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into complaints about frontal driver airbag systems that could fail in as many as 415,800 Volkswagen vehicles in the U.S.

The probe covers certain Golf and GTI hatchbacks; CC, Eos and Jetta cars; and Tiguan small crossover vehicles produced during the 2010-2014 model years. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation has asked for a detailed report from VW by Jan. 16.

The problem is debris in the steering wheel hub that can interfere with the “clock spring” electrical connection between the vehicle and the airbag module in the steering wheel. The issue also can cause steering wheel controls for the horn and cruise control to stop working.

VW conducted a recall in August 2015 to fix the same problem in the same vehicles. But NHTSA reports new complaints about failures after repairs were made.

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