November 17, 2003
Volkswagen Has Recalled the 2004 New Beetle
- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced.
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Models: VW New Beetle Year: 2004
Number Potentially Involved: 38
Dates of Manufacture: July – August 2003
Defect: On certain passenger vehicles, the passenger detection function of
the passive occupant detection system (PODS) may become disabled. Should the
PODS control unit malfunction, the air bag system in the vehicle will not
work as designed and may not be able to properly protect occupants in a
Remedy: Dealers will reprogram the PODS. The manufacturer has reported that
owner notification was expected to begin during October 2003. Owners may
contact VWoA at 1-800-822-8987
[NHTSA Recall No. 03V356/VWoA Recall No. WU].
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
How many did you hear
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