9/28/2011 - Volkswagen recalls 32,200 Jettas
German automaker Volkswagen is recalling more than 32,000 Jettas due to issues with the vehicles' tailpipes, saying they may burn someone should they brush by them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall concerns Jetta sedans with model years 2011 and 2012. On its website, NHTSA says the affected Jettas were installed with longer stainless steel exhaust tips during the importation process. If the tailpipe is hot and someone touches the pipe, it may cause burns.
NHTSA said it received a letter from Volkswagen saying it had received several complaints from vehicle owners who had been burned after grazing the tailpipes. After an investigation, Volkswagen determined a recall was necessary.
As part of the recall, dealers will replace the stainless steel exhaust tips with new ones at no cost to the owner.
This is the second time in the past six months Volkswagen has had to recall Jettas, the last one due to problems with the model's anti-theft system.