In case you missed it during your eggnog and sugar cookie hangover (no judgement), VW announced the 2012-2014 Beetle needs to be recalled to replace their dangerously defective Takata airbag inflators.
The script is very much the same as previous Takata recalls. The propellant inside the inflators becomes extremely volatile due to heat and humidity exposure over time to the point that, when the airbag is deployed, the inflator actually explodes and sends shards of metal out into the cabin.…keep reading article "2012-2014 Beetle Recalled to Replace Takata Airbag Inflators"
VW replaced reliable brake pad wear indicators with a software solution for the 2019 Beetle.
The system is supposed to display a warning message when the brake pads are dangerously thin and need to be replaced. It isn’t working. Over 4,000 Beetle vehicles have been recalled to update the instrument cluster software.
keep reading article "The 2019 Beetle Has A Brake Software ... Bug?"
Manufacturers can sometimes drag their feet when it comes to issuing recalls.
But whenever there's reports of fuel leaking out of cars they start to move like someone lit a fire under their butt. That's because, well ... there might actually be real fires soon.
Last week Volkswagen -- parent company of Audi -- recalled 26,000 cars for fuel injectors that leak. Just a couple days later they expanded that recall to include an additional 45,000 cars.
Owners had been complaining about the smell of gas inside the cabin. VW traced the issue to a bad soldering job where the sealing cap meets the fuel rail and blames the problem on their supplier. Looks like someone's getting grounded.
For more information about the problem and the range of manufacturing dates this affects, visit CarComplaints.com. VW owners with specific questions can contact customer service at 800-822-8987 and give them recall number 24BL. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and reference recall 24AP.keep reading article "Gas Leaks Prompt Recall"
Turns out VW had a good reason for issuing a stop sale on some 2014 models last week -- they were catching on fire.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), O-ring seals in some VWs can leak between the oil cooler and the transmission. Once flammable transmission fluid hits a hot surface only bad things can happen.
The recall affects the 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat equipped with the 1.8T engine and an automatic transmission. Owners should see a notice in the mail soon at which point they can bring their cars in to have the O-ring seals replaced.keep reading article "Transmission Leaks and Fire Risk"