Volkswagen and Porsche Call Back 800,000 SUVs Over Potential Pedal Problem

By Staff Writer

Mar 25, 2016 07:38 AM EDT

German automaker Volkswagen and Porsche is recalling more than 800,000 SUV worldwide due to a potential problem with their foot pedals. The callback affects 409,477 Cayenne and 391,000 Touareg model, both from 2011 to 2016. Both the company are required to immediately contact car owners to get their vehicles serviced to address the problem.

According to Autoblog, the potential problem lies in the brake pedal. As the website wrote, a securing clip on the brake pedal hinge could be missing. This can cause the pedal pivot pin to move, and the pedal could lose guidance. Over time, the issue might lead to fracture in the pedal hinge, which could possibly make it impossible to activate the brakes.

The issue was found after internal checks conducted by the company. As Porsche's statement says, "this is a purely precautionary measure." There have been no reports to both companies on accidents or injuries caused by the problem. However, Volkswagen's statement revealed that "single events have been reported overseas."

The Cayenne and Touareg model from Volkswagen and Porsche share the similar potential problem because the two are sister models and share some components. However, as reported by Bloomberg, Audi's sister model Q7 isn't affected by the recall. The three models share technology as well as some parts, and all three are manufactured at Volkswagen's factory in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The callback is on the process as the automakers are asking dealers to personally contact owners. The vehicles would be admitted for a service at the dealer to address the problem. The company stated that the issue could be resolved in less than half an hour in the service process.

According to Mail Online, U.S. District Court judge Charles Breyer gave Volkswagen a month that ends on April 21 to come up with a plan to fix the 600,00 cars affected in America. If a concrete plan for getting the cars fixed or off the roads was not submitted by the deadline, "the court would seriously consider whether to hold a bench trial this summer so that the polluting cars can be addressed forthwith," said Breyer, referring back to the emission-cheating software scandal that has brought Volkswagen under attacks and investigations for months.

Volkswagen and Porsche are calling back their Cayenne and Touareg model from 2011 to 2016 after the companies identified a potential problem with the vehicle's brake. The issue could pose danger over time, and dealers are asked to call car owners to get their cars fixed. 

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