Here are the first two pages of a camshaft recall for 2015-2016 1.8T and 2.0 VW engines.

Not a VW camshaft

(link to full pdf)

Volkswagen AG recalled nearly 92,000 newer cars in the U.S. for a faulty camshaft lobe that can shear off, reducing engine and braking power.

The German auto maker, separately grappling with an emissions-cheating scandal with diesel-powered cars, ordered dealers to stop selling cars with 2015-2016 model years that feature certain gasoline engines until the company comes up with a fix for them, according to a bulletin to dealers reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Volkswagen is still trying to determine a cause for the defect and a repair may not be completed until the end of March, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 91,867 models affected include the Jetta, Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf/GTI and Golf Sportwagen. Overall, the company through the end of October sold roughly 294,600 vehicles in the U.S., including about 31,000 sport-utility vehicles.


The lobe can shear off the camshaft. If this happens, the brake booster can eventually fail to receive needed vacuum supply.

That can result in reduced engine power called “limp mode” that can activate a warning light. The reduced engine power and increased effort needed for braking can increase the risk of a crash.