VW Announces Safety Recall on New Beetle
15 May 1998Volkswagen Announces Voluntary Recall
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 15 -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 8,500 1998 New Beetles in the U.S. to correct a potential chafing problem with electrical wires in the engine compartment. Approximately 1,600 New Beetles sold in Canada are also involved. Volkswagen has determined that the affected wires could be damaged over time by rubbing against the edge of the battery tray. It is possible that damage from this chafing could result in a malfunction of the air conditioning compressor and potentially the fuel pump. If the fuel pump malfunctions, the vehicle will stall without warning. In some cases, the chafing of the affected wires could potentially result in a wiring fire in the engine compartment. There have been no accidents or injuries attributed to this concern. No fuel pump failures or stalled vehicle incidents have been reported. Volkswagen, however, is aware of three air conditioner compressors malfunctioning in New Beetles because of this chafing problem. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by express mail. They will be asked to phone their authorized Volkswagen dealer to have the battery tray replaced with a redesigned tray and the affected wires newly routed. All work and any damaged part will be repaired or replaced at no cost to the customer. Parts for the completion of this repair will be available at dealerships beginning this week. Customers with questions are welcome to phone a special Volkswagen customer toll-free number at 1-877-4-BEETLE (1-877-423-3853). Volkswagen also said it will service this recall at no charge for those New Beetle owners who have purchased their cars from non-Volkswagen dealerships. These owners should phone the toll-free number or contact a local Volkswagen dealer. Volkswagen's 1998 New Beetle went on sale in the U.S. and Canada in March and all cars sold to date are affected by this recall. SOURCE Volkswagen of America, Inc.