VW recalls 92,000 cars in US; power-assisted brakes can fail

Volkswagen (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen is recalling nearly 92,000 cars in the U.S. to fix mechanical problems that can knock out the power-assisted brakes.

The recall includes the Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat models from 2015 and 2016. The cars have 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines.

The German automaker says a part in the camshaft can shear off, causing loss of vacuum in the power brakes. That can lengthen stopping distance and possibly cause a crash. The engines also will go into a reduced power mode to avoid further damage.

VW discovered the problem after getting reports of camshaft failures. A fix is expected by the end of March.

Until then, VW tells owners to keep driving the cars. They should report trouble to dealers. It’s unclear if loaner cars are available.

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