VW e-Golf - Image Credit Tom Moloughney
Volkswagen has issued a recall involving up to 5,561 e-Golfs manufactured between May 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016.
Affected vehicles may have "oversensitive diagnostics for the high-voltage battery management system" which "may falsely detect an electrical surge" and result in the e-Golf's "electric drive motor shutting down unexpectedly." Or, in other words, the dreaded loss of power problem that has affected quite a bit of electric car models.
Here's the recall notice from the NHTSA:
RECALL Subject : Electric Motor may Shutdown Unexpectedly
Report Receipt Date: MAR 07, 2016 NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V138000 Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,561 All Products Associated with this Recall Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s) VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF 2015-2016 Details
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
SUMMARY: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 e-Golf vehicles manufactured May 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016. Oversensitive diagnostics for the high-voltage battery management system may falsely detect an electrical surge resulting in the vehicle's electric drive motor shutting down unexpectedly.
CONSEQUENCE: An unexpected vehicle shutdown can increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY: Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will update the battery management software, free of charge. The recall began March 15, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 93B4.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.