German automaker Volkwagen is recalling 30,294 of its 2011-2012 model year Jetta sedans for tailpipe finishers that extend beyond the vehicle's rear bumper.

On certain Jettas, stainless steel exhaust tips – sold at the point-of-purchase and installed at port during importation – may extend beyond the original length of the factory-installed exhaust pipes, a situation that could result in burns if bumped or touched while hot.

VW will notify owners of affected Jetta models by the end of November and says that dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the stainless tips with updated versions. Owners are urged to contact Volkswagen for additional info. Follow the jump for more details.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
VOLKSWAGEN / JETTA 2011

Manufacturer:
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC

Mfr's Report Date:
SEP 07, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
11V466000

NHTSA Action Number:
N/A

Component:
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected:
30,294

Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 JETTA SEDAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 18, 2010, THROUGH AUGUST 22, 2011. SOME VEHICLES HAD A STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST TIP INSTALLED AT THE PORT DURING IMPORTATION. THESE EXHAUST TIPS MAY EXTEND BEYOND THE ORIGINAL LENGTH OF THE FACTORY-INSTALLED EXHAUST PIPES. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR INADVERTENT CONTACT TO OCCUR WITH A PERSON'S LEG.

Consequence:
IF THE TAILPIPE EXTENSION IS HOT DURING INADVERTENT CONTACT, A BURN COULD OCCUR.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST TIPS AS NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

Notes:
VOLKSWAGEN'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 26G8/U3. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      SinSina
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a TSB is more suitable for this, not a recall.
      razorpit
      • 3 Years Ago
      After seeing this I'm surprised motorcycles are even allowed to be sold....
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Measure twice, cut once!
      Ridgie30
      • 3 Years Ago
      P.S. They should have a machined a flow thru VW logo into the end of the tail pipes...Someone bumps up against it with shorts on and voila! FREE ADVERTISING
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ridgie30
        You could then charge people to get authentic VW badge shaped burn tattoos, rather than simply apologising for burning them...
      jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      I once had a perfect circle burned onto my shin on my first car- a 74 Beetle...sounds funny but OW!
      mrx19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Noticed these eyesores while looking at Jettas on the dealers lot. My only thought was how cheap they looked - right out of a 70's J.C. Whitney catalog. If I was buying a Jetta, the 1st thing I would do is demand the dealer remove them and reduce the price.
      stickshiftn6901
      • 3 Years Ago
      you mean exhausts get hot ? who the hell would have thought that ? maybe we should outlaw serpintine belts because MAYBE they can injure your hand if you stick your hand into it while the engine is on ??? hmmmm .... something to ponder
      Keven Fitzpatrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      why dont ththe Japanese fanboys who hate unions and hate American cars and workers, go demand a recall for the flibsy disaster that is every exterior panel of their prized Corolla? putting your hand under the front bumper and seeing the entire bumber have a quarter inch of play - nothing like that garbage cut every corner to save every cent Japanese mentality/mindset. Do tge Asian cars even come equipped with stainless steel exhausted tips? Once again, proving that reliability has absolutely nothing to do with quality.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keven Fitzpatrick
        What are you talking about? I think you missclicked because we're talking about VW, and excessively long exhaust causing burns is nothing new, Minis went through this before. It's no biggie, but I have no idea why your trolling about your hatred towards the Japanese.
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David
          Again, what does that have to do with the topic?
        JD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keven Fitzpatrick
        Actually my Nissan Rogue did come with stainless steel exhaust tips. Just sayin'.
      Robert Fahey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mini dealt with the same issue a few years back. Where there's a burn, you know there's a lawyer. http://www.insideline.com/mini/cooper/2007/feds-look-into-complaints-of-exhaust-pipe-burns-from-mini-cooper-s.html
        kmanning83
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Fahey
        I came to post the same thing. Better safe then sued.
      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remind me why I would not buy a Volkswagen again?
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      this car should be recalled for a redesign. It's ashame that a European brand starts looking like the asians...what's going on? I am depressed!
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