Volkswagen has announced a recall of nearly 500,000 Jettas and Beetles over concerns that a rear trailing arm could possibly fail.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 442,000 vehicles in all are being recalled. The affected ones are:
- Certain 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jettas built between March 1, 2010 and November 30, 2012;
- Certain 2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetles built between March 1, 2011 and July 31, 2013.
The agency says the durability of the affected rear trailing arms could be compromised after a side impact or rear crash. A failure by the rear trailing arm could mean a loss of control of the car, which could lead to a crash.
Volkswagen says its dealers’ service centers will install a sheet metal inlay to prevent a sudden loss of control should the rear trailing arm fracture. This repair will come at no cost.
The car maker also says it will be contacting affected owners by mail starting this month. Volkswagen will again contact the owners once the inlays are ready to be installed.
The company says concerned owners should contact their Volkswagen dealership, or call Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.