Federal investigators are wondering if an issue in the steering column could stop the driver’s side airbag from deploying in an accident for 30,000 VWs. That type of problem turns das aüto into a dangerwägon very quickly.

At the heart of the investigation is the steering column control module which is connected to all the electronics in your steering wheel – airbags, radio controls and horn. There’s really no way for you to test your airbag short of running into a cement pole (which I very strongly recommend against). However, if you’ve noticed problems changing stations from your steering wheel or your horn sounds more and more like a sick duck, it could be a sign of a bigger problem.

The investigation is focusing on 30,000 of the 2012 VW Passat and 2012 VW CC cars.