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Recall 19V389000

Blocking Cap Preventing Headlight Adjustment Missing Allowing Improper Lamp Adjustment

Recall Details

The blocking cap that disables adjustment of the headlight's horizontal aim may be missing, allowing the headlights to be adjusted improperly. Dealers will inspect and as needed block the headlight horizontal adjustment free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

A blocking cap that prevents adjustment of the headlights and their horizontal aiming may be missing, allowing the headlights to be adjusted out of specification in error. This can cause a loss of visibility driving, or blind oncoming drivers, and can result in an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Volkswagen must be performed by a Volkswagen dealership. Volkswagen will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in July, 2019. 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 incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Volkswagen recall number is 94L9.

Electrical & Lights, May 22, 2019

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
May 22, 2019
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
662,185
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
19V389000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2020 Volkswagen Passat and 2018-2019 Atlas vehicles. The blocking cap disabling the adjustment of the headlight's horizontal aim may not have been installed. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Consequence
Without the blocking cap, the headlight aim can be adjusted out of specification, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, block the headlight horizontal adjustment, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 10, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 94L9.
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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