Volkswagen has issued an order to its dealers in the United States and Canada to stop selling 813 units of its new Golf and GTI hatchbacks due to a mistake in assembly that could lead to steering problems. According to a stop-sale order sent to dealers and obtained by Automotive News, the front stabilizer links in the affected vehicles were installed with too little torque and as a result could come loose over time and make “considerable noise.”
If the links detach entirely, drivers would find it harder to turn the steering wheel, leading to a possible crash. According to the stop-sale notice, the issue covers a total of 2,001 vehicles in the United States and 446 vehicles in Canada.
It includes 705 unsold units in the US and 108 undelivered vehicles in Canada. VW spokesman Mark Gillies told Automotive News in an e-mail that some vehicles were unaffected by the issue and can still be sold. He added that the carmaker VW has notified the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration of the issue, which means the cars may recall units already sold.
He remarked that VW has not received any complaints from customers over the problem. The issue is expected to affect early sales of the GTI, which was rolled out in the US in May. It is also expected to affect the launch of the new Golf in the US, which is slated for August. VW have been selling the compact cars in Europe for more than a year.