The Problem: Improperly assembled wire seals on the connector for an underbody sensor can allow water in and cause the part to corrode. In rare instances, the component could overheat and cause a fire underneath the Passat. The malfunction indicator light would illuminate if there were a problem. This recall has nothing to do with the diesel emissions scandal.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the connector and replace it as necessary.
If you own one: Volkswagen hasn't yet told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when this recall would begin.
Report Receipt Date: MAR 24, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V171000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91,000
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2012-2014
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Passat vehicles equipped with TDI engines. Due to improperly assembled wire seals in a connector for an underbody sensor, water may enter and corrode the electrical connectors of the sensor, causing an electrical short.
An electrical short can cause the electrical connectors of the sensor to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the connector, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23T3.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.