Volkswagen recall for rear coil springs involves the VW Golf
VW Golf

Volkswagen is recalling certain Golf, Golf Sportwagen, and Jetta cars and Tiguan SUVs over concerns that the rear coil spring may fracture. If the spring fractures while the vehicle is in motion, a rear tire could be damaged, raising the risk of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The rear coil spring is a part of the car's suspension that affects a car's ride and handling. The company says the problem has been isolated to certain batches of springs.

A Volkswagen representative told Consumer Reports that the company isn't aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem. The automaker says it will reach out to affected owners in mid-April.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 56,173 small cars and compact SUVs, including:

  • 2015-2019 Golf hatchbacks
  • 2017-2019 Golf Sportwagens
  • 2019 Jetta sedans
  • 2018-2019 Tiguan SUVs

The problem: The rear coil spring in the suspension may fracture, which could lead to tire damage.

The fix: Dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Volkswagen customer service at 800-893-5298. The automaker's number for this recall is 42J5.

NHTSA’s campaign number: 19V188000

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.  

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Volkswagen recall for rear coil springs involves the VW Golf Sportwagen
VW Golf Sportwagen