The Detroit News reports that the recall covers 2009 through 2016 model year CC vehicles and 2006 through 2010 model year Passat sedans and wagons. All of the recalled vehicles are equipped with four-cylinder gasoline engines.
Government documents suggest the fuel pump control computer can lose electrical power, preventing gas from flowing and causing the engine to stop. The defect can also cause the fuel pump to continue running even after the vehicle is shut off.
Owner notification is not expected to begin until October, and replacement parts will not be available until sometime after that.
If a car stalls while in operation, it can leave the driver of the vehicle without power steering, power brakes, and other essential safety features.
If your car stalls while you are driving, the most important thing for you to focus on is staying come. Try to apply the brakes and pull over to the side of the road. Both steering and braking will require more effort than usual, but try to avoid severe steering adjustments or slamming on the brakes.
Once you are on a safe part of the vehicle, try to restart your car. If you are unable to restart your vehicle, or if you just don’t feel safe operating the vehicle after experiencing the stall, call for a tow.