Recalls for 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

There are currently 4 recalls for your car.


What Should You Do?

Bring your car to a dealer immediately. Recalls are issued because the defect might make the car unsafe in some way. Your nearby service center can help verify if the repairs can be performed free of charge.

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NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recalls


Recall Number: 14V656000

Recall Date: 10/20/2014

Component: SUSPENSION:REAR

Problem Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 1, 2010, to November 30, 2012, and 2012-2013 Beetle vehicles manufactured March 1, 2011, to July 31, 2013. The durability of the rear trailing arms may be reduced in vehicles whose rear trailing arms have been previously deformed, such as a result of a rear or side-rear impact crash.

Consequence: The reduced durability of the trailing arm may result in its sudden fracture, possibly causing loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a sheet metal inlay on the rear axle trailing arms designed to prevent a sudden loss of control in the event of trailing arm sudden fracture, free of charge. The recall began April 7, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.

Recall Number: 12V540000

Recall Date: 11/15/2012

Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE

Problem Summary: VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012-2013 BEETLE VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 2012, THROUGH AUGUST 2012, AND EQUIPPED WITH LEATHER SPORT SEATS. IF THE RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER SEAT GETS WET, THE OCCUPANT CONTROL MODULE MAY NOT PROPERLY DETECT THE PRESENCE OF A CHILD RESTRAINT INSTALLED IN THE SEAT.

Consequence: IF THE CONTROL MODULE DOES NOT DETECT A CHILD SEAT INSTALLED, THE AIRBAG WILL NOT TURN OFF. IF THE AIRBAG DOES NOT TURN OFF, IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH NECESSITATING FRONT AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT, A CHILD SECURED IN THE CHILD SEAT MAY BE AT AN INCREASED RISK FOR SERIOUS INJURY.

What Owners Should Do: VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND REPLACE THE CONTROL MODULES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

Recall Number: 12V331000

Recall Date: 07/16/2012

Component: TIRES

Problem Summary: VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 BEETLE VEHICLES. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH SUMMER TIRES THAT FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS 110 "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS" AND 139 "NEW PNEUMATIC TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES."

Consequence: DUE TO AN ERROR AT THE FACTORY, THE AFFECTED VEHICLES WERE PRODUCED WITH SUMMER TIRES THAT ARE POSSIBLY NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS 110 "TIRE SELECTION & RIMS" AND 139 "NEW PNEUMATIC TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES." IN ADDITION, CUSTOMERS MAY BE UNAWARE THAT THEIR VEHICLE IS EQUIPPED WITH SUMMER PERFORMANCE TIRES. SUMMER TIRES HAVE DIFFERENT GRIP AND PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS. THESE ISSUES MAY LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF A CRASH.

What Owners Should Do: VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND REPLACE THE NONCOMPLIANT TIRES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

Recall Number: 98V038000

Recall Date: 02/24/1998

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

Problem Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPERLY AIMING THE HEADLIGHTING SYSTEM WERE OMITTED. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT."

Consequence: IF THE HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES ARE REPLACED, CUSTOMERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY AIM THE HEADLIGHTS.

What Owners Should Do: OWNERS WILL BE SENT AIMING INSTRUCTIONS, AND DIRECTIONS FOR AFFIXING THESE INSERTS TO THE OWNER GUIDES. IF AN OWNER SO DESIRES, A DEALER CAN AFFIX THE INSERTS IN THEIR OWNER GUIDE FOR THEM.

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