Volkswagen has issued a recall for 130 Passats, including the Passat CC and Passat Wagon. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a damaged capacitor could lead to a malfunctioning gearbox, a defect that would occur right after the vehicle is started and when the steering wheel is first moved at a speed under 5 mph.
This will cause vibrations in the steering wheel, or the steering system could shut down altogether, which could cause an accident. Dealers will replace the steering gear in any affected vehicle beginning Dec. 5.
Owners can contact Volkswagen at 800-822-8987 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.