Volkswagen Group of America is recalling select Volkswagen Beetles from the 2013-2015 model years. According to a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF), the recall is meant to fix a faulty sunroof, which could shatter in traffic.
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In NHTSA's safety recall report on the matter, the root of the problem appears to be the steel frame that supports the sunroof:
"Due to a production process issue at the sunroof glass supplier, some vehicles may have been built with a panoramic sunroof glass panel with a steel frame that may have been manufactured out of tolerance. As this manufacturing issue could cause additional stress to the glass panel, the glass panel may be susceptible breakage if the vehicle experiences a sudden jolt, such as when hitting a large bump or pothole in the road – especially in cold temperatures."
Should the glass break, occupants are at risk of being cut. If it breaks while the vehicle is in motion, there's a significant chance that it will distract the driver, potentially leading to an accident.
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The recall involves Beetle vehicles manufactured between June 13, 2013 and July 3, 2014. The automaker estimates that 7,062 vehicles are affected.
Volkswagen says that it will mail recall notices to Beetle owners around December 19 of this year. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Volkswagen dealer, who will replace the sunroof at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Volkswagen customer service at 800-822-8987 and ask about recall 60B9. Alternately, you can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #14V658000.