Volkswagen e-Golf recalled for drive motor issue

5,561 e-Golf electric vehicles built between May 21, 2014 and March 1, 2016 have been recalled. “Oversensitive diagnostics for the high-voltage battery management system may falsely detect an electrical surge” which can cause the e-Golf’s electric drive motor to suddenly shut down.

According to a North American VW dealership, this recall only affects US models. However, even if you have a car outside of the USA made during that period it would be worthwhile to check with your dealer.

RECALL Subject : Electric Motor may Shutdown Unexpectedly

Report Receipt Date: MAR 07, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V138000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,561
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF 2015-2016
Details

Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 e-Golf vehicles manufactured May 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016. Oversensitive diagnostics for the high-voltage battery management system may falsely detect an electrical surge resulting in the vehicle’s electric drive motor shutting down unexpectedly.

CONSEQUENCE:
An unexpected vehicle shutdown can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will update the battery management software, free of charge. The recall began March 15, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 93B4.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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