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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA03002

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
    Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch
    Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Switches:Brake Light

    Summary: The brake light switch used in cruise control equipped MY 1998-1999 and all MY 2000 and later models has undergone multiple revisions.analysis of warranty and complaint data indicates high replacement rates occurred in vehicles built with brake switch part numbers 1J0 945 511A and 1J0 945 511B, the original and first revision levels, respectively.the failure of the switch could result in failure of the brake lights to illuminate when the brakes are applied, or could cause the brake lamps to stay continually illuminated.either condition results in the inability of the brake lights to notify other motorists of vehicle braking.under safety recall 03V-265, Volkswagen will inspect the brake light switch on all vehicles built through November 2001.any affected switch will be replaced free of charge with the most current version, part number 1J0 945 511D.


    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ06004

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
    Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch

    Summary: By letters dated May 24, 2006 and August 4, 2006, Volkswagen (VW) notified the Agency that it is conducting a safety recall (NHTSA recall no 06V-183) involving model year (MY) 1998-2002 Volkswagen new Beetle and 1999-2002 Volkswagen jetta vehicles equipped with cruise control.Volkswagen's recall covers 646,246 vehicles.previously, VW recalled these vehicles to replace a defective brake light switch (recalls 03V-265 and 04V-096) that was unique to vehicles with cruise control.Volkswagen reports that the brake light switch may malfunction if it was installed incorrectly during recalls 03V-265 and 04V-096.Volkswagen will install a new design brake light switch.based on Volkswagen's safety recall action, this investigation is closed.

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