VW said there will be 420,000 models recalled in the U.S. market and another 41,300 in Canada.
Volkswagen has launched a massive recall because of its own air bag problems.
The clock spring is a cable that keeps power running to the driver-side front airbag as the steering wheel is being turned.
A spokesman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said debris could, under certain circumstances, interfere with the clock spring that kept the vehicles’ air bags powered.
Should the cable tear, the electrical connection to the driver’s front airbag may be lost, causing the airbag monitoring indicator light to illuminate.
The company has not yet developed a remedy for the issue, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
To put it more simply, the air bags might not deploy during a crash.
The world’s biggest vehicle maker said the recall affected its Golf, Passat, Jetta and Tiguan models assembled between 2010 and 2014.
Volkswagen says it’s still developing a fix for the problem and will notify owners when it’s ready.