If you own a 2012 or 2013 VW Passat, there’s a good chance that your car’s headlights will fail.
Last May, Volkswagen became aware of a possible problem with its North American market mid-size sedan. In 150,201 of the vehicles it manufactured spanning the 2012 and 2013 model years, the low beam headlight bulb can come loose. The low beams won’t work if that happens, and the company says all of the named units are affected by the issue.
Documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration don’t report any crashes or injuries connected to the issue. Volkswagen will begin notifying owners of the campaign and will ask owners to bring their vehicles in to a dealership to have an improved light bulb fitting installed. The campaign is scheduled to start in May.
Sales of the Passat were slow in North America until the 2012 model year. The company created a version of the sedan specifically for North American drivers that stands separately from the model sold in Europe. That car is built at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. plant.
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