Volkswagen is recalling 150,201 Passat sedans over potential headlight malfunctions. All of the affected vehicles are from the 2012 and 2013 model years.

According to the automaker, if the sedan's hood is "closed roughly (or dropped from a certain height)," the force can cause the low-beam headlight bulbs to lose electrical contact. Volkswagen says that if this happens, a warning light will illuminate inside the car, alerting the driver. But of course, we don't need to tell you why it's dangerous to have headlights that don't properly function.

VW says no crashes or injuries have been attributed to this lighting issue.

The German automaker will notify owners of the recall campaign, at which point dealers will install a new bulb fitting. What's more, dealers will inspect each car's hood bumpers, and may adjust or replace them in order to prevent contact with the headlight assembly in the future. Scroll down for the full details in Volkswagen's press release.
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VOLKSWAGEN ISSUES VOLUNTARY SAFETY RECALL
Mar 14, 2014

Herndon, VA (March 14, 2014) - Volkswagen considers the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers to be a top priority. As such, Volkswagen of America today notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will be issuing a voluntary recall.

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen has notified NHTSA of an upcoming voluntary safety recall affecting approximately 150,201 Volkswagen Passat vehicles from the 2012-2013 model years. It is possible that, in instances where the hood is closed roughly (or dropped from a certain height), the resulting vibration and/or impact can cause a low-beam headlight bulb to lose electrical contact. If this happens, a warning in the instrument cluster will immediately alert the driver. Failing illumination of the low beam bulb may lead to reduced visibility of the vehicle.

There have been no crashes or injuries reported regarding this issue.

Volkswagen plans to notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer. At no cost to customers, dealers will install an improved bulb fitting. Additionally, the hood bumpers will be inspected and, if necessary, adjusted or replaced to help prevent the hood from contacting the headlight assembly if the hood is dropped during closing.


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      Vinuuz
      • 9 Months Ago
      German Engineering indeed - It's as though my house's lights will go loose if I slam the door!
      mr.vw
      • 9 Months Ago
      As a long time dubber I know VW are alittle fickle at times but the overall build quality of the german made VW's kept me coming back for more. however when I drove this passat and the new Jetta I was so disappointed and now I'm looking for a used german built dub or audi. The more VW decontenting the more the Japanese product looks tempting.
      churchmotor
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yep, see what happens when you let the Detroit Mafia visit your factory.
        knightrider_6
        • 9 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        That's what happens when you build your factory in a backward state that looks like a third world country.
          clquake
          • 9 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          Yeah, but Grizzly, we've got things like electricity, running water, sewers, paved roads, and people who know the world isn't 6000 years old.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 9 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          And to think it ONLY cost the local, state and federal government $288,000 per job created at that VW factory in that backwards 3rd world state.
          The Friendly Grizzly
          • 9 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          At least we don't have to have three deadbolts and two chains on the door like you do in New York, Chicago, or Boston.
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      VW should shut the doors in US and focus on China. They won't have to worry about safety issues or recalls.
      Martin Leclerc
      • 9 Months Ago
      They should check ALL their models from the past 10-15 years! When's the last time you saw a VW WITHOUT a burned light bulb??
      Atieno
      • 9 Months Ago
      The same thing happens to Nokia the Asha it gets spoiled almost immediately it's purchased. In Africa the shops for repairing these hand set is really expensive it's like buying a nes phone. o the VW should take care less they go out of market
        N.O.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Atieno
        What's an Asha and who cares about African mobile phone painting?
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      That's an interesting one.
        churchmotor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        I remember you bragging about your mom's Passat. How it was rock solid reliable. A model other makes should emulate. THEN, you went on to list all the problems, including major engine problems if I remember.
          churchmotor
          • 9 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          We get it, you bragged and bragged how perfect your mom's passat was. It only had a very minor annoying small little issue. The engine sludged up. Nothing to worry about.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          The sludging was the only major issue we ever had with the car, bro (despite what you might think, bulbs have a finite lifespan), and its one I blame myself for. That said, I've run the VIN through VIN checkers few times and it is still on the road. As for this, it is a very odd recall, one I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          I never said it was perfect, and we certainly weren't the only ones that it happened to (if that's in fact what it was). I'm still more inclined to trust VW than I would Honda.
      Nicholas
      • 9 Months Ago
      This being a VW of course, there is no guarantee that the warning light will work either. Luckily, even the most dimwitted driver will probably notice a malfunctioning headlight.
        Vinuuz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Nicholas
        I see a lot of people not noticing one headlight/one DRL/one tail light only working. There are a lot of dimwitted ones.
          Leather Bear
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Vinuuz
          @ Vinuuz: Even more dimwitted are the ones driving around at night on their car's low voltage high-beam DRLs. A lot of cars (mostly Hondas and Toyotas it seems) under this condition illuminate the instruments but not the tail lamps (why hasn't NHTSA addressed this?). Clueless nighttime driver (and I use the term "driver" very loosely) gets in, starts the engine, shifts into Drive or Reverse (these types wouldn't know how to work a manual trans), notices the feeble pool of light on the garage wall or road surface, and assumes the headlights are already on. These are often the same drivers that dawdle along in the #1 or #2 lanes and probably assume all of the other vehicles that are swerving around them at the last minute are simply rude (and not that their vehicle can't be easily seen without tail lamps).
          The Friendly Grizzly
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Or, they know it and have not yet had it mended. Not everyone keeps spare bulbs at home. Also, how easy is it to change the bulb? VW, at least with the New Beetle, turned a simple task into one of complexity. German engineering...
      shle896
      • 9 Months Ago
      Someone needs to recall them for their "vanilla ice cream" looks. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
      Jeff A.
      • 9 Months Ago
      The thermostat needs to be recalled as well Trouble Code P2181 always comes up .. my 2003 Passat always had the problem...
        Jeff A.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jeff A.
        I would never buy another VW .. they used to be so reliable.. now they are garbage...
      over9000
      • 9 Months Ago
      VW being VW
      Jeff A.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Its to bad my 2003 Passat eats headlights like it is going out of style ... and I noticed it is after somebody slams the car door or the hood..
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