More VW recalls in US

  • 05/11/2015

Volkswagen's US troubles are mounting as it announced a new recall for several car models for an engine fault that could weaken braking and cause a crash.

VW said the voluntary recall covered 91,800 petrol-engined cars from the 2015-2016 model years, including Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat vehicles.

The company said the camshaft could break, leading to a weakening of braking power as the engine slows, increasing the risk of an accident.

"No injuries related to this issue have been reported," the company said, promising free fixes by dealers for the problem.

The recall came as the German company, the world's number-two carmaker after Toyota, reels from a scandal involving illegal "defeat" software placed on more than 11 million diesel cars worldwide that cheats emissions tests.

The company potentially faces many billions of dollars in fines and lawsuit damages over the use of the software, which it has admitted.