Passat owners, take notice: VW is recalling the mid-size model for potential problems with 1999-2005 versions.
The recall of gasoline-powered Passats is voluntary, the German automaker says. Affected Passats with an automatic transmission may have an underbody heat shield, which could become damaged. When damaged, if the shield were to come in contact with the vehicle exhaust system, there could be a risk of fire or damage. During the inspection, if your car's shield is damaged, VW will install a new one.
Also, some Passats with 1.8-liter turbo engines have a fuel line that requires inspection and possibly a replacement line. Some vehicles that operate with a 4Motion all-wheel drive will also be inspected for damage to a fuel tank ventilation valve.
While no accidents or injuries have been recorded from these problems, there are 410,000 potentially flawed vehicles in the United States alone. Owner notification is scheduled to begin by May 30, 2008.