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February 16, 2001

Volkswagen Recalls Certain 1999 Passat, Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A8

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting certain 1999 model Volkswagen Passat, Audi A4, A6 and A8 automobiles.  The affected models were manufactured between August 1998 and April 1999.

On certain passenger vehicles, the tie rods of the steering assembly are protected on each side by a seal to prevent moisture and dust particles from entering the swivel bearing mechanism. It is possible that some tie rod seals may not seal properly. If moisture and/or dust particles enter the swivel bearing mechanism, the swivel bearing could wear over time, diminishing the steering control of the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.

This recall affects 83,000 automobiles.

Dealers will replace the tie rods.

The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Dec. 15, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 or Audi at 1-800-822-2834.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V414, Mfg.# UL/KW]

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers February 16, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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