Volkswagen is recalling a few 2012 Beetles for wearing the wrong tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the summer tires "fail to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards." The out-of-season shoes "may lead to the tires being over-loaded and/or under-inflated, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash," the NHTSA recall states.

Volkswagen says only 83 Beetles are affected and the company will replace the offending tires free of charge.

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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
VOLKSWAGEN / BEETLE 2012

Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 13, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V331000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 83

Summary

VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 BEETLE VEHICLES. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH SUMMER TIRES THAT FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS 110 "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS" AND 139 "NEW PNEUMATIC TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES."

Consequence

IMPROPER TIRES MAY LEAD TO THE TIRES BEING OVER-LOADED AND/OR UNDER-INFLATED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy

VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND REPLACE THE NONCOMPLIANT TIRES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

Notes

VOLKSWAGEN'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 44K8/W4. CUSTOMERS 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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      Brian Giron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Burnout time!
        Thomas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Giron
        Exactly what I was thinking, if only that car had a little more torque that 177 ft-lbs
          Dom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thomas
          It has 207.
      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what tires are these exactly?
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tump
        Good question. I was wondering the same thing. In most cases the tires that come standard with the car are ususally some low-grade rubber that are good for at least 12,000 to 24,000 miles if you're lucky. The very first new car I bought in 1986 came with some standard-issue Michelins that owre out after 6,000 miles. I replaced them with a set of Multi-Mile Grand Am's and got 80,000 miles out of them before they started losing tread. I also had a GMC S15 Jimmy from that era that I fitted with a set of Firestone SS Radials and got the same results like I did with the Grand Am's. Too bad I can't find that type of Firestones anymore.
        Rexxer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tump
        Typical lousy autoblog reporting. If you were affected I'm sure you would know by now.
      ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those are some really nice lookin' wheel.
      SpazNout
      • 2 Years Ago
      As usual, NHTSA tried hard to find something wrong and they only got em' on tires, which they didnt even make. Solid car! Go vdub...
        Panix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpazNout
        They approve the specs, ordered, and installed the tires. This is a voluntary recall by VW, not the NHTSA. From VW's letter to the NHTSA: 573.6 (c) (5) Description of Defect Due to an error at the factory, the affected vehicles were produced with summer tires that are possibly not in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 110 ''Tire Selection & Rims" and 139 "New Pneumatic Tires for Light Vehicles."
      ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wheels*
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Eh, I'm still miffed that they didn't go rear-engined with this Beetle. Missed opportunity, in my opinion.
        polo110
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        Rear engine?? you think that would be profitable for them to redesign all of that ? and also make the car RWD? that all costs more money for VW to produce
      • 2 Years Ago
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