• May 26, 2006

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Volkswagen AG will recall 362,000 vehicles in the United States for a brake light switch that has the potential to malfunction. The recall affects certain 1999-2002 model year Jettas, some Jetta III from 1999-2000, and also the 1998-2002 New Beetles. This is evidently a recall of a previous recall -- the brake lights might not operate at all or may stay lit due to an incorrect installation the last time the cars were brought in to resolve the problem. 

Also heading up today's recall list: 30,793 Chevrolet Corvettes from model years 2005 and 2006, for the roof separation issue we first told you about in our Chevrolet Corvette P-Funk Edition Rankles Owners story back on April 21.

[Source: Reuters]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Seriously, VW quality SUCKS. I would say they are about tied with GM on their recalls (including all their "secret" recalls - only if customer complaines enough.
      Those Krauts keep suckin' the beer all day and that's what you get!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep, it's a recall of a recall.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My Passat was recalled for the high pressure TDI fuel pump. The mechanic left the intercooler disconnected and it came loose the following day. I had to use the 24 hr. Roadside assistance and have it towed to the nearest dealer. They are supposed to get customer surveys back, but did not give me one? I sold the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can see why the VW recall is happening. I took my 01 Jetta to the dealer twice to have them replace the brake switch. They muffed it up both times. I finally printed out a how-to from the internet and did it my self. As usual VW completely overcomplicates a simple switch, which is why the dealer techs were screwing up the install.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dr. Woo, my remarks are not racist (maybe you ought to look up the word in the dictionary) Bigoted ? Maybe, but true. I bought a 1995 Passat made between Christmas and New Year's and believe me, those Krauts were partying while that sucker was on the line!
      There's an old saying, "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. Politically correct, I am not.
      And I've owned and sold enough VWs to know that they are highly troublesome vehicles with many reqisite recalls and "secret warranties".
      Again, quack, quack.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A recall of a recall...I wonder how often THAT has to happen?

      Re D. Dundenburg: good for you, really. I read an editorial on TheCarConnection.com that was written by a mechanic that said pretty much the same thing you said....VW over-engineers the simple stuff. This guy said that VW could probably remove 150 parts from it's engine (not sure if he meant the 4 or 6) and the engine would run just as well WITHOUT these parts. The over-complexity of VW, and I would imagine some Audi, car designs is a big reason why mechanics (at the dealership and at independent shops) have trouble fixing VWs and fixing them cheaply.
      And Dr. Woo, I OWNED an Audi, too. Great design, less than stellar assembly/execution.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not that it's any consolation to MkIV owners, but note that the recall affects older VWs, which were known to be quite troublesome. As for GM, the recall affects only a small number of cars. Hence the reason that there aren't many comments. Toyota recalls tend to be noteworthy because they have been recalling newer models, and generally in large numbers. GM and VW aren't known for reliablity, so news of a recall isn't as surprising as it is for Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota recalles half a million land Cruisers and hardly gets a peep. Another 300,000 Avalons have BRAKE issues... again Toyota's pristine quality image is unruffled.

      VW, GM and everyone else get skewered over every single recall. I think the REAL story (ARE YOU LISTENING AUTOBLOG?)ought to be a comprehensive chart of all recalls over the past two years, divided by safety and other.

      When people see that mfrs Honda and Nissan actually had the fewest serious recalls and Toyota is right near the top with Ford and GM they might start getting a truer picture of quality.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Isn`t that the truth!
      • 8 Years Ago
      362,000? German engineering in da house!

      Seriously, VW's quality sucks, I know because I drive an Audi.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a flipping shock(!) GM gets an enforced recall, the comments are not even in double figures. Toyota announce a recall, the site is awash with anti Toyota rhetoric. While I accept, that Toyota isn't a perfect company (Avalon, anyone?), can people concede the point that GM HAVE RECALLS?! It's seems that only Toyota have recalls and GM is perfect! Just like Domestic fanboys tell import fanboys to "Live in the real world", you should do the same!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hardly the most life-threatening recall ever, but yet another electronic problem on a Volkswagen.

      I'm waiting for the first recall on my Mk5 GTI.