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Volkswagen Recalls Passat Sedans for Fire Risk

April 01, 2016

Photo of Volkswagen Passat courtesy of Volkswagen.
Photo of Volkswagen Passat courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 91,000 2012-2014 model-year Passat vehicles equipped with TDI engines so dealers can address a potential fire risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

Because of improperly assembled wire seals in a connector for an underbody sensor, water may enter and corrode the electrical connectors of the sensor. This might lead to an electrical short that can cause the electrical connectors of the sensor to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire, according to NHTSA.

Volkswagen dealers will inspect the connector, replacing it if necessary, free of charge. Vehicle owners can reach Volkswagen customer service at (800) 893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23T3.

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