Volkswagen recalls small number of 2012 Beetles over improper tires

Volkswagen of America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have a just issued a recall for 46 2012 Volkswagen Beetles. The recall is for summer tires that have failed to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

The result is a matching of improper tires to the car, which may lead to them being overloaded or under inflated, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen said that they will behind notifying owners and replacing the affected tires for free.

Check out the full details in the press release after the jump.

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
VOLKSWAGEN / BEETLE 2012

Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC Mfr’s Report Date: JUL 13, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V331000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: TIRES

Potential Number of Units Affected: 46

Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 BEETLE VEHICLES. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH SUMMER TIRES THAT FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS 110 “TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS” AND 139 “NEW PNEUMATIC TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES.”

Consequence:
IMPROPER TIRES MAY LEAD TO THE TIRES BEING OVER-LOADED AND/OR UNDER-INFLATED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy:
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND REPLACE THE NONCOMPLIANT TIRES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

Notes:
VOLKSWAGEN’S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 44K8/W4. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

– By: Chris Chin