Recall 12V540000

The Passenger Airbag May Deploy With a Child Safety Seat Installed on the Right Front Seat

Recall Details

On 2012 and 2013 VW Beetles equipped with leather sport seats, if the right front seat were to get wet, the airbag system my not properly detect the presence of a child safety seat installed on that seat. In the event of a crash, this could cause the passenger airbag to deploy with a safety seat installed, which it should not do. This would result in an increased risk of injury to a child secured in the child seat. Volkswagen with replace the control module to correct this concern. The Volkswagen recall number is 69i9/W6.

Our Quick Take

Vehicles with leather sports seats are being recalled. If the right front seat gets wet, the airbag system may not detect the presence of a child safety seat placed on that seat and deploy inadvertently.  

What Should You Do?

As of this writing, Volkswagen has not yet released a notification schedule for this recall. There may be no symptoms related to this recall, using child seat only in the rear seats would be advisable until this recall is completed. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Body, Interior & Misc., November 15, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 15, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Beetle vehicles, manufactured from February 2012, through August 2012, and equipped with leather sport seats. If the right front passenger seat gets wet, the occupant control module may not properly detect the presence of a child restraint installed in the seat.
If the control module does not detect a child seat installed, the airbag will not turn off. If the airbag does not turn off, in the event of a crash necessitating front airbag deployment, a child secured in the child seat may be at an increased risk for serious injury.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and replace the control modules, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.
Volkswagen's campaign recall number is 69i9/W6. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
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