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March 14, 2002

Volkswagen Has Recalled 1998-2000 Volkswagen Passat and 1997-1999 Volkswagen Jetta

(SafetyAlerts) -  Volkswagen of America, Inc. Has Recalled 1998-2000 Volkswagen Passat and 1997-1999 Volkswagen Jetta because the fuel tank filler neck can suffer abrasion damage if the rear tire goes flat and the vehicle is driven until the tire disintegrates. Fuel leakage can occur, increasing the risk of a fire.

Number Involved: 311,047

Dates of Manufacture: August 1996 – December 1999

Defect: On these passenger vehicles, the fuel tank filler neck can suffer abrasion damage if the rear tire goes flat and the vehicle is driven until the tire disintegrates. Fuel leakage can occur, increasing the risk of a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will fit the Passat vehicles with a new wheelhouse liner that will better protect the car’s filler neck. The Jetta vehicles will be fitted with a different metal shield designed to enhance abrasion protection in the event of tire disintegration. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin during May 2002. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

[NHTSA Recall No. 02V026].

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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write down the NHTSA 
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
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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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