2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle
Available in 12 styles:  2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback shown
Asking Price Range
$3,314–$9,070
Estimated MPG

23–42 city / 30–49 hwy

NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recalls

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New Beetle

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

Recall number: 14E007000
Recall date: 03/07/2014

Problem Summary:

THE GATES CORPORATION (GATES) IS RECALLING CERTAIN AFTERMARKET TRU-FLOW WATER PUMPS, PART NUMBER TFW 41127, MANUFACTURED AUGUST 2013 THROUGH OCTOBER 2013 THAT HAVE A SILVER-COLORED PULLEY/SPROCKET OR DO NOT HAVE 'US9377' STAMPED ON THE WATER PUMP HOUSING. THESE SERVICE REPLACEMENT PARTS WERE SOLD FOR USE IN MODEL YEAR 1999-2005 AUDI A4, 2000-2006 AUDI TT, 1998-2005 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE, 1999-2006 GOLF, 1999-2008 AND 2011-2013 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA, AND 2000-2005 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT. IN THE AFFECTED WATER PUMPS, THE PULLEY OR SPROCKET THAT TURNS THE TIMING BELT MAY DEVELOP MICROFRACTURES CAUSING THE TIMING BELT TO FAIL.

Consequence:

A FAILURE OF THE TIMING BELT MAY CAUSE THE ENGINE TO SHUT DOWN, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

GATES WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WATER PUMP, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MAY 5, 2014. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE GATES CORPORATION AT 1-303-744-1911.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall number: 09E012000
Recall date: 04/07/2009

Problem Summary:

SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.

Consequence:

DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.


AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE

Recall number: 08V178000
Recall date: 04/17/2008

Problem Summary:

VOLKSWAGEN 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:

IN 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 Action:

DEALERS 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.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 07/31/2008.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 07/30/2002 and 10/31/2004.


SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER

Recall number: 07E023000
Recall date: 03/29/2007

Problem Summary:

CERTAIN CARDONE MASTER CYLINDERS WITH DATE CODES LOWER THAN DCA7078 SOLD AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE SEAL ON MASTER CYLINDER CAN FAIL AND LEAK BRAKE FLUID.

Consequence:

LOSS OF BRAKE FLUID CAN RESULT IN POOR BRAKING PERFORMANCE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

CARDONE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE ANY DEFECTIVE MASTER CYLINDERS. THE RECALL BEGAN DURING APRIL 2007. OWNERS CAN CONTACT CARDONE AT 1-800-777-4780.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 04/02/2007.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH

Recall number: 07V063000
Recall date: 02/20/2007

Problem Summary:

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER, WAGON, AND CONVERTIBLE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH OR WITHOUT CRUISE CONTROL, A BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH MAY MALFUNCTION IF IT WAS INSTALLED INCORRECTLY.

Consequence:

THE BRAKE LIGHTS COULD BECOME INOPERATIVE, OR REMAIN ON. FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE PROPER SIGNAL WHEN BRAKING COULD LEAD TO A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Corrective Action:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL THE NEWLY DESIGNED BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 27, 2007, AND WILL BE CONDUCTED IN SEVERAL STAGGERED MAILINGS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 21, 2007. VEHICLES WITHIN THE MAKE, MODEL, AND MODEL YEAR OF THIS POPULATION MAY BE INVOLVED IN EITHER THIS RECALL OR 06V-183, BUT NOT BOTH. THE REMEDY IS THE SAME FOR EACH RECALL. VOLKSWAGEN DEALERS WILL APPLY THE REMEDY BASED ON THE VIN NUMBER OF THE VEHICLE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VW AT 1-800-822-8987.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 04/27/2007.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 06/01/2002 and 11/30/2006.


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