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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.

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 
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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