2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI Recalled Over Steering Issue

Jul 24, 2014 04:54 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

Volkswagen of America is recalling 2,001 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI vehicles to fix a steering issue.

 The recall follows a stop-sale order issued by the automaker of approximately 811 of the vehicles to its dealers.

Affected vehicles were built from January 27, 2014 to May 12, 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHTS posted its recall notice on its website shortly after confirming VW would be calling back the Golf and GTI vehicles.

"In the affected vehicles, the stabilizer link fasteners may come loose and possibly interfere with the steering of the vehicle," NHTSA said in its summary of the issue. "A loose stabilizer link may interfere with the vehicles steering, requiring additional effort to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."

No injuries, crashes or fatalities have occurred due to the issue yet, said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen of America spokesman, according to Edmunds.

Volkswagen blamed the problem on "insufficient torque performed at the factory during vehicle assembly," in a note submitted to NHTSA.

The automaker added that if the stabilizer link fasteners become loose over time, "there will be considerable noise coming from the front of the vehicle."

Noises were heard from the front axle during test drives when the vehicle first launched back in March.

Further vehicle analysis showed loose stabilizer link fasteners, according to the NHTSA.

Volkswagen is instructing its dealers to replace the front stabilizer links.

The recall is expected to begin before the end of July.

Owners with more questions can reach Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 for more information.

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