- Volkswagen of America is recalling nearly 500,000 vehicles, including the 2011-'13 Volkswagen Jetta, to inspect the rear suspension.
- The recall includes 400,602 Volkswagen Jetta sedans and 41,663 2012-'13 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Convertible cars.
- VW dealers will inspect the rear suspension of the vehicles that have been involved in rear or side-rear collisions to determine whether the trailing arms have been damaged.
This is part of a larger global recall of more than a million Volkswagen cars in the U.S., China and Germany.
No accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall in the U.S.
"In isolated cases, it is possible that a rear or side-rear collision could lead to damage of the rear suspension trailing arms," Volkswagen said in a statement posted on its Web site. "If the damage is not detected and is then not repaired, this can later cause the trailing arm to fracture suddenly, resulting in a loss of vehicle stability.
"Potentially, this could lead to a crash."
Volkswagen dealers will inspect the rear suspension of the vehicles that have been involved in rear or side-rear collisions to determine whether the trailing arms have been damaged. On cars that do not have damaged trailing arms, the dealer will fit a sheet-metal inlay on the rear trailing arms.
"This will emit a distinctive sound if the car is later involved in a rear-end collision, which will be a signal for the owner to take the car to an authorized Volkswagen dealership for inspection," the company said. Owners can contact Volkswagen at (800) 822-8987. A date has not been set for the recall.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Volkswagen said it will notify all owners of affected vehicles and provide instructions on when to make an appointment for service. But if you have a problem in the meantime, it's best to contact your dealer.