• Feb 26th 2007 at 6:02PM
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Volkswagen has discovered that a previous recall of 362,000 vehicles (1999-2002 Jettas and 1998-2002 New Beetles) for a defective brake light switch actually affects a much larger range of vehicles. The German automaker is extending the recall to an additional 790,000 vehicles that include 1999-2006 Golf and GTI models, 2001-2005 Jettas, 2001-2007 New Beetles and the 2004 R32. The possibility exists that brake light switches in these vehicles may have been installed wrong, which could lead to their remaining on all the time or not working at all. In an extreme possibility, some vehicles with automatic transmissions might be immobilized if the brake light switch can't be activated so that the transmission can be shifted out of Park. When the new recall begins in April, VW dealers will install a new brake light switch free of charge for owners of the affected vehicles. If you think your vehicle is included in the recall or have any questions, you call VW at 1-800-822-8987.

Thanks for the tip, Judd!

[Source: USA Today]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      VW is third from LAST in quality. I see Volkswagens with faulty tail-lamps very often...so much that me and my friends joke..."Hey, look..another crappy VW with electrical problems!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is great. I got the recall letter Friday. TODAY, someone motions at me to roll down my window because my brake lights aren't working. I confirm this in my company parking garage. I drive home in stop-start traffic, making signals with my hand to indicate that I'm slowing down. It was cold and I was distracted and CRASHED MY CAR about an hour ago. Neat. Thanks, VW.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "You'd think they'd have engineered-out all the bugs."

      Ugh, they did, did you read the article? it's an instillation problem, not a defect in engineering... so they need to have some strong words with their workers in their germany and mexico plants. mainly mexico as most of the cars mentioned came from there (that are in the US market currently)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Almost every VW I have seen has not had working head or tail lights. German engineering is just amazing. It is so well marketed, but they can't do complex or simple things correctly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      19. "and watch the lemmings cross the road.."

      And this is posted by a body called Accordsforall, who I might add would buy a Toyota with a million problems and considers faulty brake lights to be less dangerous than faulty suspension components.

      • 4 Years Ago
      over 9000 taxis!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is way old news.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #19: Yes, Accordsforall, a company with minority ownership with poor stock relates to the minority-owned company's vehicle quality directly. It can be proven using this high-potency snake oil I have for sale. Only $3000, plus $100 S&H.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry to hear that Karen.I hope your OK
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is that why VW's are getting slammed into all the time on those commercials? Non-functional lights :D

      I keed, I keed, I ke....WHAMMMMMM!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      actually this recall is odd given it includes the 2006 GTI (and not 'rabbit) but not 2005.5 jetta or 2006 jetta... then again it is usatoday... the tabloid of newspapers :p
      • 8 Years Ago
      Passats aren't affected?
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