Volkswagen Jetta Sedans Recalled for Ignition Issues
Volkswagen has issued a recall for 47,000 Jetta sedans, specifically those manufactured between September 3, 2018, and December 21, 2019, featuring traditional ignition keys. This recall does not affect Jetta models with push-button start systems. The move comes in response to potential ignition switch failures, mainly in hot weather conditions.
Should the ignition switch fail while the vehicle is in operation, it could result in both the engine and the electrical system shutting down. This creates a heightened risk of an accident. Drivers may be alerted to an impending ignition switch failure through dashboard messages such as “Ignition switch off, safely stop the vehicle,” or “Starter system faulty, please service vehicle.”
At no charge, Volkswagen dealerships will replace the malfunctioning ignition switch for those who own one of these affected vehicles. The company has submitted documents to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stating that it has received 2,654 warranty claims related to this issue but has yet to determine the underlying cause.
Why Checking for Recalls is Crucial
It’s critically essential for vehicle owners to stay updated on recalls affecting their cars. Recalls are issued when a manufacturer identifies a defect or noncompliance with safety standards that pose a risk to drivers, passengers, or other road users. You can significantly reduce the risk of car accidents, breakdowns, or even fatalities by promptly addressing these recalls.
Here’s how to check for recalls:
- Visit the NHTSA website and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
- If a recall appears, schedule an appointment with the relevant dealership to get the necessary repairs or replacements, usually free of charge.
It’s advisable to check for recalls regularly as new recalls can be issued at any time, and older vehicles can suddenly become subjects of newly discovered safety issues.
Staying informed and taking quick action can save you time and money in the long run and be a lifesaver. Therefore, make it a habit to periodically check whether your vehicle is subject to any recalls and act accordingly to ensure your safety and that of others on the road.
Actions To Take After Accidents with Recalled Parts
If you are involved in an accident with a vehicle with a recalled or faulty part, the first priority is to seek immediate medical attention for any injuries sustained. After ensuring the well-being of everyone involved, it’s crucial to document the accident scene comprehensively. Take photographs, obtain witness statements, and collect all relevant information, such as the parties’ names, license plate numbers, and insurance details. For a known recalled or faulty part, retaining evidence identifying that specific part in your vehicle is essential. This may include photographing the part and saving repair records or recall notices.
Once the accident’s immediate aftermath has been managed, consult with a legal professional experienced in automotive recall or product liability cases. They can guide you through the intricacies of filing a claim against the manufacturer or other responsible parties. The manufacturer could be liable for releasing a vehicle with faulty or dangerous parts in such cases. An injury lawyer can help you compile evidence, understand your rights, and ensure that you are fairly compensated for medical expenses, emotional distress, loss of income, and other damages. Keep all documentation, from medical records to repair invoices and correspondence related to the recall, as these will strengthen your case.
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