Volkswagen and their sibling brand Porsche have issued recalls for Touareg and Cayenne models built between 2011 and 2016 over a potentially faulty brake pedal.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): “The brake pedal pivot pin may be missing a circlip, allowing the pivot pin to move and the brake pedal to dislodge,” NHTSA said in its recall summary. “If the brake pedal dislodges, the driver may not be able to apply the brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The problem was found during internal inspections and remedied in the ongoing series. To date, there have not been any reported accidents related to this problem.
In a document filed with the federal safety regulators, Porsche suggests that “the pedal may feel ‘spongy’ when the pivot pin starts to move out of the pedal brackets”.
Porsche alone will be liable to recall 409,477 SUV’s with Volkswagen responsible for an additional 800,000 vehicles.
Touareg and Cayenne owners will be contacted directly by their local dealer to organise a workshop appointment. The appointment will be free of charge and arranged as quickly as possible. The whole process should take less than half an hour.
For those already exhibiting signs of a faulty brake pedal should contact their local dealership immediately.