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Recall 16V171000

Under Body Sensor Electrical Short

Recall Details

A sensor under the vehicle body may have improperly assembled wire seals in its electrical connector which could allow water inside and cause a short circuit. Dealers will inspect the connector and replace it as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

A sensor under the body of the vehicle may allow water to entire its electrical connector, resulting in the potential of an electrical short. This could result in a fire.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Passat must be performed by a Volkswagen dealership. Volkswagen will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable for this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Volkswagen dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Electrical & Lights, March 24, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 24, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
91,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V171000
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Passat vehicles equipped with TDI engines. Due to improperly assembled wire seals in a connector for an underbody sensor, water may enter and corrode the electrical connectors of the sensor, causing an electrical short.
Consequence
An electrical short can cause the electrical connectors of the sensor to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.
Remedy
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the connector, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23T3.
Notify
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 www.safercar.gov.
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