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Volkswagen, Porsche Recall 800,000 SUVs for Pedal Defect

Chance for dislodged brake pedal.

Amidst the laundry list of scandals and problems facing the Volkswagen Auto Group, the German automaker announced a recall of 800,000 SUVs for faulty clips in braking systems.

SUVs from both Volkswagen and Porsche are affected, with 391,000 Volkswagen Touaregs and 409,477 Porsche Cayenne SUVs falling under the recall’s parameters. The recall is issued as a precautionary move, as the automaker looks to fix a “circlip that could be loose on the bearing bracket for pedals.”

According to Volkswagen, the securing clip on the brake pedal hinge might be missing. If this is the case, the pedal pivot pin could potentially move and eventually cause pedal dislodgement. A dislodged pedal means the driver wouldn’t be able to apply the brakes, likely resulting in a crash.

Volkswagen says this recall affects around 46,700 Touaregs in the U.S. between the 2011 and 2016 model years. Porsche claims 88,300 2011-2016 Cayennes are potentially affected in the U.S., along with an additional 10,370 in Canada. After reaching out to both Volkswagen and Porsche, we learned there have been no known cases of this occurring in the U.S. yet, with “single events” reported overseas. As there have been very few reported issues with this defect, this is considered a voluntary and precautionary recall to prevent future problems.