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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Volkswagen of America, Inc.


Volkswagen Passat Years: 1998
Audi A4 Years: 1998
Audi A6 Years: 1998

Number Involved: 19,800
Dates of Manufacture: February 1997 - February 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V134
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: If the engine backfires during a cold-start, an air screen which is loosely seated in the air flow meter can become damaged. Screen pieces could enter the intake air flow system and prevent the throttle plate from returning to its full idle position.
Remedy: Dealers will install a retaining ring to hold the air screen in place. Owner notification was expected to begin July 17, 1998.
Owner Notification: Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volkswagen of America (VWoA) at 1-800-822-8987 or Audi at 1-800-822-2834.

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.