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VOLKSWAGEN RECALLS 1999, 2000 and 2001 MODEL YEAR GOLF, JETTA AND BEETLE

Release Date: 01/11/2002
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2002
VOLKSWAGEN RECALLS 1999, 2000 and 2001 MODEL YEAR GOLF, JETTA AND BEETLE

Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7824 / milbourn.cathy@epa.gov


Volkswagen is recalling about 324,000 Golf, Jetta and New Beetle 4 cylinder 2 liter gasoline engine vehicles for model years 1999, 2000 and 2001 sold in the U.S. EPA testing of the1999 model year vehicles at the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory identified a malfunctioning heated exhaust gas oxygen sensor (O2 sensor) problem and related elevated exhaust emissions. Volkswagen subsequently volunteered to recall the 1999 as well as 2000 and 2001 model year vehicles having the similar defective O2 sensor. EPA's recall program routinely tests vehicles to determine if they comply with the federal emission standards. The manufacturer is recalling vehicles with this defective component because they may release excess emissions of harmful pollutants including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. Volkswagen has agreed to reprogram the engine control module with updated O2 sensor control software and inspect and replace the defective O2 sensor if needed at no cost to vehicle owners. Volkswagen is sending letters to vehicle owners directing them to take their vehicle to a Volkswagen dealership for repair. Once owners receive this letter, they should schedule an appointment with a Volkswagen dealer to have their car repaired at no cost. They may also contact Volkswagen Customer Relations at 1-800-893-5298.

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