Volkswagen e-Golf Recalled For Drive Motor Shutdown Issue

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 18

VW e-Golf - Image Credit Tom Moloughney

VW e-Golf – Image Credit Tom Moloughney

e-Golf

e-Golf

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.

NOTES:
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.

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18 responses to "Volkswagen e-Golf Recalled For Drive Motor Shutdown Issue"

  1. Bone says:

    How about OTA updates? Wouldn’t that be nice?

    1. evcarnut says:

      This is what happens when people take short cuts and/0r cheat in life..DO IT ONCE & DO IT RIGHT , THE 1st TIME ! When we think we are cheating others., we are 0nly cheating 0urelves!

  2. ffbj says:

    Ouchie, more bad news for the VW group, when it rains it pours.

    1. evcarnut says:

      Bad always Deserves Bad in return ! I am Glad they’re getting caught! These Crooks Are Preying on the masses Knowingly & deliberately ,In hopes that they would get away with,Stealing SINFUL Amounts Of monies..$$$$$$$ . That is “NEVER” under any circumstances the right thing to do !…The lost Morals…..

      1. ffbj says:

        So they are on your naughty list then, mine too.

        1. evcarnut says:

          How can anyone in their right mind buy anything from these Bandits ever Again!….???

    2. bro1999 says:

      Been raining elephants on them lately.

  3. Dave Alon says:

    Yea, OTA updates would be nice. Got the news a couple days ago but apparently it’s only for US models (confirmed by the local dealership). No recall for e-Golf in other countries yet.

  4. Rick Danger says:

    OTA Updates??? Nah, that’s not, I say, that’s not how the Big Boys do things son! – Foghorn Leghorn speaking for legacy auto makers.

      1. Rick Danger says:

        😀

  5. Anon says:

    When it rains, it pours. –Morton Salt.

  6. Mike I says:

    As you can see from the quoted text in the story, this recall came out at the beginning of March. We have all received the recall notification in the mail already too. Many owners like myself have already had this software update applied. One owner even had the CA DMV refuse to renew his registration until he had provided evidence that the recall remedy had been applied. I’ve never heard of that before. I wonder – was the State was singling out VW for special treatment???

    1. ffbj says:

      Yes. Wonder no longer.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Mike I asked:

      “I wonder – was the State… singling out VW for special treatment???”

      If so, I’d call it a case of their chickens coming home to roost.

  7. BraveLilToaster says:

    I think that as much as people say that Nissan is really *not* a software company (or a firmware company for that matter), the Leaf has been thankfully spared from crap like this. Or maybe it’s more to the effect that they knew what they were doing from the outset.

    1. Justin says:

      I’m not defending VW in any way, but Nissan recently announced a recall of nearly 50,000 Leafs for a brake issue that is remedied by a software update.

      http://insideevs.com/nissan-recalls-47538-leafs-over-brake-issue/