published Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

VW recalls 150,000 Chattanooga-made Passats

Volkswagen of America is recalling about 150,200 Passat sedans for model years 2012 and 2013 because a low-beam headlight bulb could lose electrical contact, leading to reduced visibility, according to the company.

“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,” said VW in a statement on its website. “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 linked to the recall, according to VW.

Volkswagen dealers will install an improved bulb fitting, the company said. Additionally, the hood bumpers will be inspected and, if necessary, adjusted or replaced to prevent the hood from contacting the headlight assembly if the hood is dropped during closing.

VW has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the voluntary safety recall, the company said.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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