2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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The Basics: Volkswagen will recall 91,000 examples of the 2012-2014 Passat with the TDI engine.

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.
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RECALL Subject : Water Corrosion on Electrical Terminals

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

Details

Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
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.

CONSEQUENCE:
An electrical short can cause the electrical connectors of the sensor to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:
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.

NOTES:
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.


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