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Recall 03V266000

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Malfunctions

Recall Details

The wiring harness for the tire pressure monitoring system may be mis-routed, causing the wiring to rub on the parking brake mechanism, resulting in a short and possible fire. Dealers will inspect the harness for proper routing and correct it free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The wiring for the tire pressure monitoring system may have been improperly routed, resulting in the possibility of it shorting and causing a fire, as well as an inoperative tire pressure monitoring system.

What Should You Do?

Volkswagen notified owners of affected vehicles starting in August 2003. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The Volkswagen recall number is WS.

Electrical & Lights, July 25, 2003

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 25, 2003
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
670
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
03V266000
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS) WIRING HARNESS MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY ROUTED DURING ASSEMBLY. AN IMPROPERLY ROUTED TPMS WIRING HARNESS MAY CONTACT THE PARKING BRAKE CABLE SPRING.
Consequence
IF THIS HAPPENS, THE TPMS WIRING CIRCUIT COULD BE INTERRUPTED, RESULTING IN AN INOPERATIVE TPMS, AND CAUSING A SHORT-TO-GROUND CONDITION THAT COULD POTENTIALLY RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE TPMS WIRING HARNESS ROUTING AND, IF NECESSARY, CORRECT THE WIRING HARNESS ROUTING. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN AUGUST 18, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT VWOA AT 1-800-893-5298.
Notify
VW RECALL NO. WS. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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