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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Volkswagen of America, Inc.


Volkswagen New Beetle Years: 1998

Number Involved: 8,500
Dates of Manufacture: January - May 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V100
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The electrical wiring located in the engine compartment was routed too close to the edge of the vehicle's battery tray. The wiring can become damaged over time by chafing and the air-conditioner compressor and/or the fuel pump can malfunction. A malfunction of the fuel pump can cause the vehicle to stall, and in some instances, could also result in a wiring fire in the engine compartment.
Remedy: Dealers will install a modified battery tray and inspect, properly route, and secure the wiring in accordance with the recall repair instructions.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began May 14, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volkswagen of America at 1-877-4-BEETLE (1-877-423-3853).

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.