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March 1, 2002

Volkswagen Has Recalled 130,000 Vehicles

(SafetyAlerts) -  Germany's Volkswagen is reported to have said it is recalling 130,000 cars worldwide, many of them in the United States, after it detected a fault in the braking system.

The move affects batches of the VW's Golf, New Beetle and Bora, as well as the Audi A3, SEAT Toledo and Skoda Octavia models. No details were given on the model years or where the cars were built.

Some 90,000 of the vehicles affected have been sold in the Americas, VW spokesman Hans-Gerd Bode is reported to have said, most of them in the United States. He is reported to have said a more detailed breakdown wasn't available.

The German-based carmaker is reported to have said an electronic chip in the braking system ``could overheat and cause engine components to smolder. In the worst case, a car could catch fire.'' That has yet to happen, however, and no one has been hurt as a result of the fault.

He is reported to have said letters would be sent to customers worldwide starting in Brazil, and that VW hoped to replace the faulty parts on all the cars affected within eight weeks.

He declined to comment on how much the recall might cost the automaker and its suppliers.

VW's Brazilian subsidiary is reported to have said  that it was recalling 9,395 vehicles. The recall there comes some two weeks after a similar move by Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors and Fiat. The automakers recalled several thousand vehicles with flawed braking systems produced by the same supplier, Continental do Brasil Produtos Automotivos Ltda.

Bode declined to comment on who had supplied the faulty systems for the cars being recalled in other countries or where they were manufactured.

Some 1,000 vehicles are affected in VW's home market. Bode said few vehicles sold in Germany are fitted with the braking system in question
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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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