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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2004 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 2004 Volkswagen Beetle, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08012

    Component(s): Air Bags:Frontal:Sensor/Control Module

    Summary: Certain subject vehicles, model year (MY) 2003 convertible and MY 2004 sedan and convertible vehicles are equipped with an advanced dual-stage air bag system.the air bag crash sensors (#1F0 909 606) contain a solder joint on the circuit board that may crack under certain high temperature conditions.if this occurs, the air bag indicator light will illuminate and the control module will enable a fallback algorithm that will ensure that the front air bag always deploys in a frontal crash in which the vehicle's deceleration is high enough to activate the frontal air bags.however, in low-severity frontal impacts, the front air bags may deploy more forcefully than designed, increasing the possibility of injury to out-of-position front seat occupants.Volkswagen will inspect for the defective crash sensor and replace with an updated addition, 16,177 early-MY 2005 new Beetle sedan and convertible vehicles (built through Oct 31, 2004) are also included in the recall campaign.this preliminary evaluation is closed (see recall 08V-178)

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