In 2014, the automobile sector was hit hard due to hundreds of thousands of cars getting recalled due to serious malfunctions. Though in the beginning months of 2015, the sector appeared to have been operating smoothly, this morning, the automobile manufacturing industry was shaken up once again after Volkswagen announced that it is recalling nearly 420,000 cars in the United States due to a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying. In addition to the recalls in the US, Volkswagen is also recalling a further 41,300 vehicles in Canada.
Volkswagen, the biggest carmaker in the world, stated that the airbag malfunction recalls will affect VW Golf, Passat, Jetta and Tiguan models that were manufactured between the years 2010 and 2014.
Though recalls are never a good thing in the sector, Volkswagen is especially feeling the pressure, the company, based out of Germany, announced not too long ago that they are underperforming in the US market by nearly 10%, according to data from last year.
A Volkswagen representative elaborated on the issue at hand, stating that debris could potentially interfere with the clock springs that keep the vehicles’ airbags powered. The rep further added that no incidents have been reported.
At the moment the company is also investigating whether the airbag issue affected vehicles delivered to other markets.