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November 28, 2001

Volkswagen Recalls Passat

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting 2000 PASSAT.

Number Involved:
12,000

Defect Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. SULFUR IN FUEL INTERACTS WITH CERTAIN ADDITIVES FOUND IN WIDELY AVAILABLE GASOLINE CAUSING SULFUR TO BECOMEDEPOSITED ON THE CONTACT POINTS OF THREE FUEL SENDING UNITS MOUNTED INSIDE THE FUEL TANK. LOW ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE AT CONTACT POINTS OF ANY UNIT SIGNALS TO THE FUEL GAUGE AND COMPUTER THAT THE FUEL TANK NEEDS TO BE REFILLED. HIGH RESISTANCE SIGNALS THAT THE TANK IS FULL. SULFUR DEPOSITS COULD CAUSE THE FUEL GAUGE TO READ FULL WHILE THE FUEL TANK MAY NOT IN FACT BE FULL OR COULD BE EMPTY.

Consequence Summary:
RUNNING OUT OF FUEL WITHOUT WARNING WHILE THE FUEL GAUGE INDICATES THAT THERE IS SUFFICIENT FUEL IN THE TANK COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Corrective Summary:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE ALL THREE FUEL SENDING UNITS.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V157002

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!

How many did you hear about?

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