Friday, December 08, 2006

Volkswagen issues recall notice for North American Passats

Volkswagen today has issued a recall for two minor issues pertaining to some MY2006 and 2007 Passat sedans and MY2007 Passat wagons. The recall addresses an issue with some MY2006 Passat where the wiper motor may fail due to excessive moisture entering the enclosure during heavy rainfall, causing the wipers to stop working properly. The other issue pertains to some MY2006 and 2007 Passat sedans and MY2007 wagons equipped with the 2.0T engine. A power brake vacuum line may be fractured and be disconnected at low temperatures causing brake power assist to cease working. Drivers who experience this problem may find that braking requires extra effort.

Volkswagen will begin the repairs for affected units, about 62,000 vehicles in the US and Canada, in 2007. Recall letters to affected owners will be sent in January. If you have any questions, contact your local Volkswagen dealership or Volkswagen of America at 1-800-822-8987.

Update: Apparently, 300,000 Passats are affected globally by these problems. As well, diesel Passats may have a fuel leak problem. For our European readers, contact your local Volkswagen dealership for more information.

Press release after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen of America
Affected Items: Windshield Wiper Motor and Brake Vacuum Line

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced safety recalls to address two issues in some 2006 and 2007 model year Passat sedans, and in some 2007 model year Passat wagons.

Some of the affected 2006 model year Passat vehicles have a wiper motor that may fail during heavy rain due to excessive moisture entering the wiper motor. If this happens, reduced visibility could result.

Also, some 2.0T engine-equipped 2006 and 2007 Passat sedans and some 2007 Passat wagons may have a power brake vacuum line that may fracture and become disconnected at low ambient temperatures. If this happens, the brake power assist can become inoperative, and the driver will experience increased effort to apply the brake and therefore possible increased vehicle stopping distance.

Approximately 62,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada could be potentially affected.

Owners of affected vehicles will receive a letter from Volkswagen of America, Inc. with instructions to contact their authorized dealer for an inspection and repairs if necessary. Customer notification is expected to begin in January of 2007.

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