The German based automaker Volkswagen has recently announced a recall for the 2012-2013 Beetle models because of a problem with their airbags.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 2, 471 units of the 2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the problem with the airbags fixed. The affected vehicles are coming with leather sport seats and have been produced between February 2012 and August 2012.
“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. 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 increased risk for serious injury”, says the NHTSA in its summary of the problem.
The recall should begin soon but no official date has been announced yet. Owners of the above mentioned model will be notified by Volkswagen and the company’s dealers will replace the control modules free of charge. Meanwhile, owners are being advised to contact VW at 1-800-822-8987.