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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.

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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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