January 15, 2002
Volkswagen Has Recalled 1999-2001 Golf, Jetta and
New Beetle Automobiles
(SafetyAlerts) - The
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a recall affecting
the Volkswagen Golf, Jetta and New Beetle 4 cylinder 2 liter gasoline
engine vehicles for model years 1999, 2000 and 2001 sold in the U.S.
Potential Number of Units Affected:
EPA testing of the 1999 model year vehicles at the National Vehicle and Fuel
Emissions Laboratory identified a malfunctioning heated exhaust gas oxygen
sensor (O2 sensor) problem and related elevated exhaust emissions.
Volkswagen subsequently volunteered to recall the 1999 as well as 2000 and
2001 model year vehicles having the similar defective O2 sensor.
EPA's recall program routinely
tests vehicles to determine if they comply with the federal emission
standards. The manufacturer is recalling vehicles with this defective
component because they may release excess emissions of harmful pollutants
including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons.
Volkswagen has agreed to reprogram
the engine control module with updated O2 sensor control software and
inspect and replace the defective O2 sensor if needed at no cost to vehicle
owners. Volkswagen is sending letters to vehicle owners directing them to
take their vehicle to a Volkswagen dealership for repair. Once owners
receive this letter, they should schedule an appointment with a Volkswagen
dealer to have their car repaired at no cost. They may also contact
Volkswagen Customer Relations at 1-800-893-5298.
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
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