Volkswagen Recalls 1999 Jettas Due to Issue with Upper Retainer Clip
Body, Interior & Misc., March 15, 2000
RepairPal Expert Overview
Volkswagen has recalled certain 1999 Jetta models because they do not comply with the head injury criterion requirements of FMVSS no. 201, "occupant protection in interior impact." The material of the trim part on the upper retainer clip near the BP1 impact location may be more impact resistant because of variations in the molding process. This may prevent the clip from breaking on impact, which can increase the risk of injury in a crash. Dealers will remove the trim cover from each of the B pillars and install a new cover.
Mfr's Report Date:
March 15, 2000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE HEAD INJURY CRITERION REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 201, "OCCUPANT PROTECTION IN INTERIOR IMPACT." THE UPPER RETAINER CLIP NEAR THE BP1 IMPACT LOCATION IS DESIGNED TO BREAK WHEN IMPACTED BY THE HEAD FORM. IN SOME CASES, THE MATERIAL OF THE TRIM PART MAY BE MORE IMPACT RESISTANT AS A RESULT OF VARIATIONS IN THE MOLDING PROCESS.
THIS CONDITION COULD PREVENT THE CLIP FROM BREAKING ON IMPACT AND RESULT IN LESS DEFORMATION IN THE IMPACTED AREA AND A HIGHER DECELERATION OF THE HEAD FORM, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE TRIM COVER FROM EACH OF THE B PILLARS AND INSTALL A NEW COVER.
VW RECALL NO. UM. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 15, 2000. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration