VW recalls 91,000 Passat sedans in US over short circuits concerns

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Volkswagen is recalling 91,000 Passat sedans in the United States over some improper cable insulation that could lead to short circuits.

On top of the problems caused by the emissions scandal, Volkswagen also has lately had a series of recalls over various technical issues. The latest safety campaign involves certain model year 2012-2014 Passat sedan powered by the TDI engines. In a notice to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker said that because of an improperly assembled wire seal in a connector for an underbody sensor, water may enter and corrode the electrical connectors of the sensor, thus causing an electrical short-circuit. In rare cases, this can make the electrical connectors of the sensor overheat and start a fire underneath the car, a serious issue that was discovered in Volkswagen’s factory. Volkswagen has not yet provided a notification schedule, but it said it would notify owners as soon as possible, and dealers will inspect the connector, replacing it as necessary.

Last week, the German automaker recalled all its electric e-Golf cars in the United States to mend a battery problem that could cause stalling. VW said the engine’s software shut down the unit because the “high-voltage battery management system may inadvertently classify a brief internal electrical current surge/peak as a critical battery condition.” Two weeks back, Volkswagen and its Porsche unit issued a precautionary safety campaign affecting more than 800,000 Touareg and Cayenne sports utility models to verify a faulty component on the pedal mechanism that might fail.