Volkswagen of America has announced it is issuing a voluntary safety recall to fix a problem with the trailing arms on its Jetta and Beetle models.
The problem: VW says the trailing beams on the torsion beam rear suspension of both the Jetta and Beetle could become damaged in the event of a rear or side-rear collision. If damage incurred, it has the potential to go undetected, which may cause the trailing arm to snap suddenly and lead to loss of vehicle stability.
Affected models: 2011-2013 Jetta models and 2012-2013 Beetles are affected.
Number of affected models: VW says approximately 400,602 Jettas and 41,663 Beetles are affected by the recall.
The fix: VW dealers will inspect the rear suspension of Jetta and Beetle models that have been involved in rear or side-rear collisions to determine if the trailing arms have been damaged. If the cars have not been damaged, VW dealers will fit a sheet metal inlay to the trailing arms, which will make a distinctive sound if the trailing arms are damaged in a future collision. All repairs will be made free of charge.
Contacts: Owners of affected vehicles may contact VW USA customer service in a number of different ways using this site