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Contact: Tim Hurd

Vehicle Recalls

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Models: VW Corrado Years: 1992-1994

Number Involved: 6,217

Dates of Manufacture: August 1991 - June 1994

Defect: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with VR6 engines, a coolant system component such as the thermo switch, radiator fan, or water pump, can malfunction causing the coolant temperature and coolant system pressure to increase significantly. Over time, excessive pressure can cause leakage of coolant from the system, including leakage from the heat exchanger. Leakage of hot coolant from the heat exchanger can cause injury to the feet of the driver or steam up the interior of the vehicle, temporarily impairing the driver's vision.

Remedy: Dealers will perform a functional check of the cooling system and also install a pressure valve which will result in reduced coolant pressure in the heat exchanger. Owner notification is expected to begin during January 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact VWoA at 1-800-822-8987.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V295/VWoA Recall No. UE]

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.