Volkswagen is under scrutiny again as they have recently announced another recall of over 56,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. This time, the culprit appears to be the rear coil spring that can break without warning and cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the broken spring poses a threat that can cause damage to the tire or become a road hazard. The NHTSA attributes the defect to the parts maker applying the wrong type of material or manufacturing process in the creation of the springs.
Cars affected include certain 2015-2019 Golf Hatchbacks, the 2017-2019 Golf Sportswagen, the 2018 Jetta sedan, and 2019 Tiguan SUV.
This newest revelation is the latest in a series of recalls since January 2015. Past recalls include violations of the EPA Clean Air Act over excessive diesel emissions, faulty Takata airbag inflators, fuel pump failures, and camshaft lobe defects to name a few.
For the fiscal year of 2018, Volkswagen reported earnings of €11.638 billion so it would be hard to imagine that some of those resources couldn’t be better spent on research and development for safer products and practices.
In a recent study from 2018 by Hedges & Company, there were an estimated 276.1 million registered vehicles in the US. By extension, Volkswagen had sold over 20 million vehicles since 2015, placing a large amount of their potentially dangerous vehicles on public roadways. If we can have these auto manufacturers take better responsibility at mitigating these risks, we can have safer roads for all.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed due to an auto defect or due to another’s negligence, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling (713) 222-7211 or toll free at 713-222-7211.