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Precautionary recall at VW due to risks of airbag deployment

As a precaution, 3122 vehicles would be recalled as a precaution. Photo: AP / Jens Meyer

Because of the risks associated with airbag deployment, Volkswagen has recalled some older models. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) published corresponding data on Thursday.

Flensburg / Wolfsburg – At Volkswagen there is a recall for some older models due to risks in the deployment of airbags. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) published corresponding data on Thursday. According to the Flensburg authorities, relatively few vehicles are affected: It is about a little more than 4100 copies of the Golf and Passat from the years of construction 1997 to 1999, of which around 3200 are probably in Germany.

The reason for the action monitored by the KBA was that the gas generator in the airbag was not sufficiently sealed – this could lead to a “faulty release”. “In extreme cases, the housing of the gas generator could tear and injure the occupants.” So far, no injuries or damage to property have been reported, the office emphasized.

Golf convertible and Passat

The company said the “inadequate seal” could occasionally occur in models of the Golf Cabrio and Passat from the three years in question. “As a result, the propellant can draw moisture, which means that the pressure cannot be fully guaranteed if the airbag deploys. If the propellant is already dry again at the time of triggering, increased pressure can in individual cases damage the gas generator housing. ”As things stand, 3122 vehicles would be called back as a precaution.

In recent years, there have been problems with defective airbags in several countries. In the United States, injuries and even several deaths had occurred due to excessive air cushions that threw parts of the metal cladding through the vehicle.

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