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August 31, 1999

Volkswagen and Audi Recall Some 1998 "A" Model and Passats for Front Axles Problems

FRANKFURT (SafetyAlerts) - In two separate statements issued today, both Volkswagen and Audi are announcing the recall of over 400,000 automobiles worldwide because of problems with the front axle. 160,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold in Germany. The rest of the cars were sold in other countries including the United States.   The exact number of vehicles in the U.S. is unknown at this time.

The recall affects certain 1998 Audi A4, A6 and A8 models as well as certain Volkswagen Passats.  According to the companies, the track rod end of the front axle can leak causing premature wear.

Both Audi and VW said they would begin owner notification shortly and owners of the affected automobiles should expect a letter asking them to bring their cars in for repair.  There will be no charge for the repair work.

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