2012-'13 Volkswagen Beetle Recalled


  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Front 3/4

    2013 Volkswagen Beetle Front 3/4

    Volkswagen is recalling 2,471 2012'-13 Volkswagen Beetles because the front passenger seat occupant control module may not detect a child seat and turn off the airbag. | November 20, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Volkswagen is recalling 2,471 2012-'13 Volkswagen Beetles because the front passenger seat occupant control module may not detect a child seat and turn off the airbag, increasing the risk of injury in a crash, according to NHTSA.
  • The problem was discovered internally during "routine production inspections," Volkswagen told federal safety regulators.
  • A date has not been set for the recall.

WASHINGTON — Volkswagen is recalling 2,471 2012-'13 Volkswagen Beetles because the front passenger seat occupant control module may not detect a child seat and turn off the airbag, increasing the risk of injury in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"If the right front passenger seat gets wet, the occupant control module may not properly detect the presence of a child restraint installed in the seat," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the control module does not detect a child seat installed, the airbag will not turn off.

"If the airbag does not turn off, in the event of a crash necessitating front airbag deployment, a child secured in the child seat may be at increased risk for serious injury."

The problem was discovered internally during "routine production inspections," Volkswagen told federal safety regulators.

"After investigation and clarification of the system behavior in various ambient conditions (temperatures, air humidity, water spilled on the seat), it was determined that a child seat may not be properly detected in vehicles equipped with leather seats," Volkswagen said in documentation filed with the federal government.

The affected vehicles were built at VW's Mexico assembly plant from February 2012 through August 2012.

Volkswagen dealers will replace the control modules. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Edmunds says: Volkswagen dealers are waiting for parts, so there will be a delay before you can address this problem if you own a 2012-'13 Beetle.

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