Volkswagen is recalling more than 71,000 Jetta sedans in the U.S. because of a defective electrical system design that can lead to sudden engine shutdowns.
The Jetta recall represents an entire year of production. And is likely part of a larger global recall that VW is not required to disclose to U.S. regulators.
All Jetta models made in Mexico from March of 2010 until March 2011 have a fuse box design that runs the engine management system, horn, wiper blades and theft alarm through one fuse. If the fuse blows for any reason, the engine quits without warning.
In a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the wring safety defect, Volkswagen said no accidents or injuries have been reported. The Jetta models will be rewired at Volkswagen dealerships when repair parts are available, currently estimated to be this May.
Volkswagen Jetta owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO http://www.safercar.gov about NHTSA campaign number 11V196.
In a separate action Volkswagen is also recalling 256 Toureg crossover models because the tire pressure label is incorrect, a violation of FMVSS 110.