FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 1999
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Passat Years: 1998-1999
Audi A4 Years: 1997-1999
Number Involved: 12,500
Dates of Manufacture: October 1997 - February 1999
Defect: This recall applies to vehicles registered in the states of
Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Minnesota,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and
Wyoming. A control valve in the vacuum hose connecting the brake booster to the intake
manifold may not open or close fully at temperatures below minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit
under certain driving conditions. This condition could cause insufficient vacuum to be
provided to the booster.
Remedy: Dealers will install a vacuum by-pass system into vehicles
operated in these states which is designed to provide sufficient vacuum for full brake
assist under all weather conditions. Owner notification is expected to begin July 9, 1999.
Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact
Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 or Audi at 1-800-822-2834.
[NHTSA Recall No. 99V131/VW Recall No.
UH/Audi Recall No. KU]