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VW Jetta and VW Beetle Being Recalled to Prevent Rear Suspension Collapse

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On: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 12:57PM | By: Teddy Field

VW Jetta and VW Beetle Being Recalled to Prevent Rear Suspension Collapse

When the sixth-gen Volkswagen Jetta was released in 2010, purists railed against the new car’s bargain bin interior, and the lack of a standard multi-link rear suspension. A torsion beam suspension made the car cheaper to build, and the newly lowered price helped VW’s little compact to compete in the crowded C Segment. Naturally sales soared, and the Jetta faithful were appeased with the independently sprung Jetta GLI. But that cheap rear suspension seems to have bitten Volkswagen in the... ehm, rear, as they’re forced to recall 1.1 million Jettas and Beetles fitted with the torsion beam suspension.

This recall affects 400,602 copies of the 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta, and 41,663 copies of the 2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Convertible. The balance of the 1.1 million cars were sold in China and Canada. According to the recall, VW says the trailing arms on the rear suspension can fail unexpectedly, if the cars are/have been involved in a rear or side-rear collision. Such damage can cause the trailing arms to fracture while the car is in motion, effectively collapsing the rear suspension. Obviously, this could lead to an accident.

To fix the problem, VW dealers will install a sort of metal cover on the rear trailing arms. If the trailing arms are later damaged, this part will make “a distinctive sound” signaling the owner to have the rear suspension inspected immediately. If damage has already occurred, Volkswagen will replace the entire rear torsion bar assembly free of charge


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