Category Archives: safety
The unfortunate events in Japan have caused VW phase out the rear view cameras on most of its cars. VW will not install rear view cameras in the following models: CC Lux Plus, Lux Limited, and VR6, Touareg, and Tiguan SEL w/Premium Nav. VW is working on finding a new supplier and has created alternate configurations for the models mentioned above. The Routan is not affected.
VW of America issued a voluntary safety recall for all 71,000 2011 Volkswagen Jettas built from March 2010 and March 2011. Unlike Toyota’s now famous recall this is a voluntary recall and not imposed by the government and will not result in any fines. VW noticed the problem and took very proactive measures to get to fixed. Here ante some answers to some of the questions you may have:
What is Volkswagen doing about the recall?
– Affected owners will received an apology letter and a $50 gift card from VW’s CEO
– Drivers that are not comfortable driving their cars can arrange a no charge pick up and drop off of their cars from their dealers
– Owners will be issued a no charge service loaner while the vehicle is being repaired
– Once repair is completed your dealer is to wash and vacuum your car at no charge (mandated by VW)
So whats wrong with my Jetta?
There is a a wire harness that delivers electrical power to components in the car such as the horn that shares a fuse with the engine control module. If that fuse goes bad it will cause the engine to stall. VW dealers will install a new component to the wire harness to keep this from happening. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
Is my car safe to drive?
Yes, but for the time being avoid using your horn as much as possible. If you are not comfortable driving your car VW will provide you with a service loaner at no charge to you.
For more information about the recall visit: www.VW.com/recall
Park Distance Control (PDC ) is just a fancy name for “the car will beep just before you hit something” system. Owners of 2011 Jettas will now be able to retrofit this feature or get it installed at the time of purchase. Here is the info you will need:
Park Distance Control
Part # 1K0-054-630C
Fits: 2011 Jetta sedan, 2012 GLI
The park distance control, with 4-valve stem and acoustic warning function, provides additional safety when parking. This park distance control is easy to install and effectively helps avoid unsightly damage to the bumpers when reversing. A short sound (emitted when reverse gear is engaged) indicates that the system is active. The closer the vehicle comes to the obstacle, the more frequently the signal is emitted. Sold only through your local dealership. Professional installation may be required at an additional charge. Prices may vary.