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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1999 Volkswagen Passat

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 1999 Volkswagen Passat, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: PASSENGER AIR BAG LID FAILURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA03020

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: October 07, 2003
    • Date Closed: April 23, 2004
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags
    Air Bags:Frontal

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: PASSENGER SIR DOOR MOUNTING STUD FAILURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE03021

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 23, 2003
    • Date Closed: October 07, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags:Frontal

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: PASSENGER ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRES

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA07014

    Component(s): Electrical System:Ignition
    Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  4. INVESTIGATION: STUCK-OPEN THROTTLE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA04017

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Fuel Injection System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  5. INVESTIGATION: POWER BRAKE BOOSTER VACUUM BY-PASS

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ99008

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: A control valve in the vacuum hose connecting the brake booster to the intake manifold can fail to open or close fully at low temperature resulting in insufficient vacuum for proper operation of the brake booster

  6. INVESTIGATION: ALLEGED PREMATURE TIE ROD FAILURE

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP05003

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: August 08, 2005
    • Date Closed: December 09, 2005
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering:Linkages:Tie Rod Assembly

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  7. INVESTIGATION: FUEL TANK PUNCTURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA00028

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: It allege that the fuel tank and fuel fill pipe puncture from tire blow-out

  8. INVESTIGATION: FUEL TANK PUNCTURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00033

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: August 10, 2000
    • Date Closed: December 28, 2000
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: The Office Of Defects Investigation has received nine reports regarding punctured fuel tanks involving the jetta, Passat and cabrio models.the reports indicate the fuel tank was punctured as a result of a blow-out of the right rear tire.this investigation has been opened to further study this issue.

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