Volkswagen is recalling certain 2011-2012 model year Jetta sedan models over concerns that tailpipe extensions that could burn people.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 30,294. Affected vehicles were manufactured from March 18, 2010 through August 22, 2011.
Here’s what’s at issue, according to the NHTSA notice. Some vehicles may have had a stainless steel exhaust tip installed at the port of import upon arrival. Such exhaust tips may extend beyond the length of the tailpipes originally installed at the factory. If a person inadvertently comes into contact with the tailpipe extension, and the tailpipe is hot at the time of the contact, a burn could occur.
Volkswagen dealers will inspect and replace stainless steel exhaust tips, as necessary, and do so at no charge to owners. The Volkswagen safety recall is expected to begin during November 2011.
In the meantime, owners of 2011-2012 Volkswagen Jetta sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Reference Volkswagen safety recall number 26G8/U3.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11V466000.