Volkswagen issued a stop-sale order and recall of 2015 GTI and Golf models in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the steering.
The affected cars' front stabilizer link fasteners could potentially work themselves loose, necessitating the fix. Volkswagen will replace the links on 705 vehicles still on U.S. dealer lots, and an additional 108 cars in Canada, according to Automotive News (subscription required). Until the repairs are done, dealers won't be able to sell those cars.
In addition, Volkswagen will recall 2,001 cars in the U.S. and 446 in Canada to correct the same issue, a company spokesperson told Autoblog. Most of the affected cars are GTIs, as the 2015 Golf doesn't officially launch in the U.S. until August.
The Mk VII Golf has already been on sale in Europe since late 2012, but its U.S. launch has been delayed while Volkswagen prepared its Puebla, Mexico plant to produce the cars and its more-complex MQB architecture. The 2015 GTI, on the other hand, launched globally in May.
Volkswagen will notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and instruct customers about how to proceed. The company says no fires, accidents, or injuries related to loose front-stabilizer link fasteners have been reported so far.