Approximately 8,400 model-year 2017-18 Volkswagen Passat sedans and model-year 2018 Atlas SUV’s are being recalled due to issues with the brake caliper bracket. The mounting bolts for the bracket on these vehicles may not have been tightened sufficiently which can allow the caliper to move which could cause reduced braking ability and loss of vehicle control.
Volkswagen will begin notifying owners Oct. 14. To learn more owners can call the automaker at 800-893-5298 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236.
To fix the problem dealers will inspect the brake-caliper bracket and replace and re-torque the bolts if necessary. Also, brake caliper fasteners, bleeder valve components, and brake hose bolts will be inspected and adjusted to the correct specification if necessary. For Passats, the parking brake cable will be checked for proper connection.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the recall problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.