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2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Battery Poses Stalling Risk

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A recall is being initiated by Volkswagen in the US for over 5,500 examples of the Volkswagen e-Golf hatchback of model years 2015 and 2016 due to a danger of unexpectedly stalling.

The problem is that the vehicle could stall at any moment which poses a high risk of fatal accidents especially when the car is moving at high speeds.

According to Edmunds which quotes the NHTSA, the “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,” and this could occur without warning.

The recall started on March 15 and recalled vehicles will get their battery-management software updated by Volkswagen.

The all-electric 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf sells for a starting price of $29,000 before destination charges and has a battery-only range of 83 miles. It can manage an equivalent fuel economy of 116MPGe combined and is capable of 115hp and 199lb-ft torque in terms of performance.