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442,000 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle Cars Recalled Over Suspension Concerns

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/17/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Volkswagen is recalling 2011-2013 model-year Jettas and 2012-2013 model-year Beetles and Beetle Convertibles to inspect the rear suspensions. Meanwhile, Ford and Acura have issued smaller recalls on certain 2015 Mustang and 2015 TLX vehicles, respectively.

2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta, 2012-2013 Beetle and Beetle Convertible

The Problem: A rear or side-rear collision involving these vehicles may lead to damage of the rear suspension trailing arms. If drivers do not detect the damage and repair the vehicles, the trailing arm may fracture without warning. This problem could result in a loss of vehicle instability, and possibly, a crash.

The Fix: Volkswagen will notify owners when they can take their vehicles to dealerships for a free inspection and repair. At this time, dealers will inspect the vehicle's rear suspension if it has been involved in a rear or side-rear accident. If the car hasn't been involved in an accident, VW is taking precautionary measures by installing a sheetmetal inlay in the rear trailing arm that will emit a distinctive sound if it gets damaged in a future collision, warning drivers to get their vehicles fixed.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 400,602 model-year 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles in the U.S.; as well as 41,663 model-year 2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Convertibles in the U.S.

2015 Ford Mustang

© Provided by MotorTrendThe Problem: A safety belt buckle tension sensor on the new Mustang may not have been calibrated correctly by the supplier. This may lead to improper airbag deployment for the front passenger, which could increase the risk of injury in a crash.

The Fix: Ford will replace the safety belt buckle assembly at dealerships free of charge.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 50 model-year 2015 Ford Mustangs built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant from August 18 to October 2 of this year in the U.S. Three other recalled models were sold in Canada.

2015 Acura TLX AWD

© Provided by MotorTrendThe Problem: Certain 2015 Acura TLX AWD vehicles may have incorrect labels for their Gross Vehicle Weight and Gross Axle Weight ratings. If drivers load the car up according to the weight specifications listed on the incorrect label, the vehicle's tires may fail.

The Fix: Dealers will install correct labels free of charge starting October 21.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 189 2015 Acura TLX AWD vehicles manufactured between August 26 and September 20 of this year.

Source: Volkswagen, Ford, NHTSA

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