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(Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators said they have opened an investigation into an estimated 30,000 Volkswagen AG sedans for a potential electrical defect that could affect the performance of the driver-side air bag and other parts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into the affected VW Passat and CC sedans from model year 2012 after receiving nine consumer complaints alleging failure of the steering column control module, affecting the air bag and other steering wheel mounted components, NHTSA said in documents posted online.

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