Electrical Defect Prompts Volkswagen Recall

Posted on March 31st, 2011 No Comments

Volkswagen of America Inc. said Monday it is recalling certain 2011 Jetta models to fix a potential electrical defect.

According to a company press release, the recall affects 71,043 Jettas built between March 2010 and March 2011. The automaker says the recall will fix the wiring of the vehicles' anti-theft systems and horns.

The company says the car defect stems from a fuse that protects the anti-theft alarm and the convertor box that operates the windshield wipers and headlights. A Volkswagen representative said it is possible that short circuit in the horn could cause the lights and wipers to stop working, increasing the risk of a car accident.

As part of the recall, dealer service technicians will reconfigure the vehicles' wiring so that the horn and converter box do not share the same fuse. Owners of the defective cars will be notified via first class mail with information about corrective measures and the anticipated repair timeline.

At the time of Volkswagen's announcement, there had not been any reports of injuries or car accidents caused by the car defect.

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