2003 Volkswagen BEETLE Air Bags Frontal Sensor Control Module Recall

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2003 Volkswagen BEETLE Air Bags Frontal Sensor Control Module Recall

 NHTSA Recall #72729
NHTSA Compaign #08V178000
MFG Compaign #R6
 Model Year2003
 Date of notification31/07/08
 Begin date of manufacuring30/07/02
 End date of manufacturing31/10/04
Type of recallV
Recall initiatorODI
 Report received17/04/08
 Report created18/04/08
Regulation part number
FMV safety standard number
Estimated number of affected units76900
 Defect summaryVolkswagen is recalling 76,900 my 2004-2005 new beetle and my 2003-2005 new beetle convertibles equipped with an advanced (dual-stage) air bag system. This system may have air bag frontal crash sensors that contain a solder joint on the circuit board that may crack under certain high temperature conditions. If this occurs, the air bag indicator light will illuminate and the fallback algorithm will ensure that the front air bags always deploy in a frontal crash in which the vehicle's deceleration is high enough to activate the frontal air bags.
 Consequence summaryIn low-severity frontal impacts, the front air bags may deploy more forcefully than designed, increasing the possibility of injury to out-of-position front seat occupants.
 Corrective actionDealers will inspect each vehicle to determine that the specific defect crash sensor is present on one or both sides of the vehicle. All of the defect crash sensors will be replaced free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before july 31, 2008. Owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.
 Recall notesVolkswagen recall no. R6. Customers 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.
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