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Power Brake Issue Prompts Recall of 92,000 Volkswagen Cars

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Volkswagen has recalled 92,000 cars in the US. A potentially dangerous issue with the power brake system has prompted Berlin-based Volkswagen to recall upward of 92,000 vehicles in the United States. Officials warn that a mechanical defect can cause the power-assisted brakes to fail, posing a significant risk of an accident. In affected vehicles, the camshaft can shear off, causing a vacuum loss in the power brakes. This can increase stopping distance and reduce engine power. The company has received multiple reports of the camshaft failures, but won’t confirm whether any of those failures have resulted in crashes.
Though no injuries have yet been reported, it’s critical that drivers and passengers of affected vehicles understand the risk. Models affected by the recall include 2015 and 2016 Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat with 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines. Unfortunately, a fix won’t be available until March, company officials say. So, if you regularly drive or ride one of these vehicles take extreme caution and report any malfunctions to your Volkswagen dealer. In the case of an accident, see a doctor and call 800-251-1111 to speak with a product liability or auto accident attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.

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