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Volkswagen to Offer Free Vehicle Safety Inspections Sept. 22

August 27, 2007

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. --- Volkswagen of America and Program Professionals, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and safety, have teamed up to launch Volkswagen's "Safety Saturday." The Volkswagen Safety Program campaign will kick off "Safety Saturday" Sept. 22. This new program will encourage all car owners to stop in to any participating dealership nationwide for a free vehicle safety check and child seat safety inspection, which will be completed by a certified inspector. These checks will include windshield condition, tire pressure, blinker and break lights. Every consumer that takes advantage of the safety check will also be eligible to register for a free Passat, which is known for its safety features and five-star side crash test ratings. "The collaboration between Volkswagen and Program Professionals seemed a natural fit, as we both advocate a uniform message on cars and car safety. It's the philosophy of prevent and preserve that we want to educate consumers on," said Steve Keyes, director of communications for Volkswagen of America. "Safety Saturday" is an extension of the Volkswagen Safety Program, a nationwide program that will educate drivers, passengers and pedestrians on the importance of vehicle safety. Despite improvements in technology and engineering in vehicles, fatal crashes still take the lives of roughly 40,000 people per year. Program Professionals and Volkswagen have previously collaborated on educational programs such as the Child Seat Safety Inspector Training courses to over 220 Volkswagen dealerships nationwide. They also initiated the Sit Safe program, which held nationwide child-seat check-ups to communities all over the U.S. Volkswagen's standard features include six airbags, four-channel ABS, anti-skid ASR system, disc brakes on all four tires and laser welded seams in every vehicle. And since Volkswagen is a German engineered brand, it is subject to the Euro NCAP crash rating.
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