Volkswagen recalls cars, SUVs because rear springs could break

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 12: The company logo of automaker Volkswagen AG stands outside Volkswagen headquarters on March 12, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said he is committing the company to an electric car future and has set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals for the VW by aiming to make the entire company CO2 neutral by 2050. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

DETROIT — Volkswagen is recalling over 56,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the rear coil springs can break without warning and cause people to lose control of their vehicles.

The recall covers certain 2015 through 2019 Golf hatchbacks, the 2017 through 2019 Golf Sportwagen, the 2019 Jetta sedan and 2018 and 2019 Tiguan SUV.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Thursday that a broken spring can damage a tire or become a road hazard. The documents didn’t mention any crashes or injuries.

The safety agency says a parts maker used the wrong material or manufacturing process to make the springs.

Dealers will replace the faulty parts. The recall begins April 19.

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