Volkswagen within five years will recall 370 thousand carsMay 10, 2020
The three-stage recall will begin in December and will gradually include the 2012–2019 VW Beetle models and the 2011–2014 VW Passat models.
Having made a statement regarding the next batch of vehicles under investigation with Takata airbags, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also announced an agreement under which several Volkswagen models will be recalled from the end of the year. The agency said cars have an increased risk that Takata airbags will not work properly years after they are manufactured.
The NHTSA statement said the company is studying pumps with a chemical known as phase stabilized ammonia nitrate (PSAN), which can decompose at high temperatures and when exposed to moisture. To prevent degradation, PSAN inflators were equipped with a desiccant.
The regulator decided that 56 million of these inflators did not need to be withdrawn, but noted that those installed in some Volkswagen vehicles could pose a potential risk to passengers. As a result, over the next four years, VW will recall 370,000 vehicles in three phases. The three-stage system was chosen because the inflators differ and decompose at different speeds, so the affected cars do not need to replace airbags immediately.
At the first stage, which begins at the end of this year, Beetle models released from 2012 to 2014 will be recalled. In the second phase, starting January 1, 2023, the Beetle models from 2015 to 2016 will be recalled. And then at the final stage, starting from January 1, 2025, Beetle models 2017 – 2019 of release, as well as Passat models, starting from 2011 to 2014 of release, will be recalled.
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