BERLIN (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen AG is recalling as many as 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a flaw that may prevent their airbags from deploying in an accident.
The recall affects seven models made between 2010 and 2014, including the Golf, Jetta and Passat, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its website.
Debris may contaminate the clock spring that keeps the cars' airbags powered, tearing the spring and cutting off the electrical connection to the front airbag on the driver's side, the safety regulator said.
Recalls in the U.S. last year exceeded 60 million vehicles, a record NHTSA said in January could be surpassed this year.
The agency has since pushed airbag maker Takata Corp., whose exploding inflators have been tied to eight fatalities, into broadening its recalls nationwide. Automakers are repairing about 32 million vehicles with airbags that can rupture and explode in an accident, a different problem than the one that led to Volkswagen's callback today.
Volkswagen is still developing a remedy for the airbag spring issue, NHTSA said. VW is reviewing whether the issue exists in cars delivered to other markets, said spokesman Peter Thul.