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2012-16 Volkswagen Beetle recalled

An airbag inflator in 1705 Volkswagen Beetle models from 2012 to 2016 could rupture and explode.

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William Stopford
William Stopford

Volkswagen is recalling its Beetle due to a fault with the airbag inflator.

“If the vehicle has been exposed to high temperatures and humidity fluctuations over a long period the airbag inflator propellant may degrade,” the company says in its recall notice.

“If the vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the driver’s airbag, the airbag inflator may explode/rupture.

“Metal fragments from the airbag inflator may propel out through the airbag cushion towards vehicle occupants, causing serious injury or death.”

This recall is separate to the ongoing Takata recall campaign that has affected a wide variety of brands, including Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is contacting affected owners to organise a free inspection and repair.

The company will replace the inflator of the driver’s side airbag.

If you have any further questions, you can contact the Volkswagen Recall Campaign Hotline on 1800 504 076 on weekdays from 8am to 6pm.

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William Stopford
William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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