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Volkswagen Announces Voluntary Recall of 4,218 Golf Models in the U.S.

22 September 2000

Volkswagen Announces Voluntary Recall of 4,218 Golf Models in the U.S.
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 21 Volkswagen of America, Inc.
today announced a voluntary recall of 4,218 Golf models in the United States
to check for a possible welding defect in the control arm of the car's front
suspension system.
    Volkswagen has determined that a very small number of 2000 and 2001 model
year Golfs may have welds that do not meet the manufacturer's specifications,
making it possible for the control arm to separate from its bracket, which
could cause the vehicle to be difficult to control.
    There have been no accidents or injuries attributed to this concern.  Two
failures have been reported in Brazil.  Neither resulted in a loss of control
or an accident.
    The recall also affects 1,448 Golfs in Canada.
    Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail.  They are being
asked to phone their dealers who will inspect the bracket and replace it at no
cost to the customer if it is defective.
    As a precautionary measure, Volkswagen is asking customers who own a new
2000 or 2001 Golf and hear a noise from the front suspension to immediately
phone a Volkswagen dealer or dial Volkswagen's toll-free number at
800-822-8987.