Safety Recall Update – April 11, 2016

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Safety Recall Update - April 11, brings you the latest major National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and listings for millions of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. There is even an app so that you can follow all of your favorite vehicles using your personal communication device.

If your vehicle doesn’t appear in a major safety recall update, but you want to find out for sure if your ride is under a safety recall, you can simply log onto the NHTSA website and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN).

VIN TagThe VIN is located on a small metal tab that is affixed to the driver’s side of the dash. The number can be easily observed when standing outside the car and looking through the lower left corner of the front windshield. The production date (Month/Year), vehicle wheelbase, and gross vehicle weight information may also be helpful. This information is typically found inside of the driver door jamb.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V171000
Volkswagen Recall Campaign Number: 23T3

2013 VW PassatVehicles Affected: Certain 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat vehicles equipped with TDI engines. Approximately 91,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.


Due to improperly assembled wire seals in a connector for an underbody sensor, water may enter and corrode the electrical connectors of the sensor, causing an electrical short.


An electrical short may cause the electrical connectors of the sensor to overheat, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.


2012 VW PassatVolkswagen will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will inspect the connector, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.