The Volkswagen Beetle that was introduced as an all-new vehicle for the 2012 model year is being recalled for its passenger-side airbag sensor in its front seat that may not turn off as designed.
When a child or smaller passenger is sitting in the passenger seat, its supplemental restraint system is supposed to recognize that the passenger is underweight, turning the airbag off. However, in the Volkswagen Beetle, it has been found that leather sport seats that get wet from rain might not work properly, having their sensors stay on, even when smaller passengers are riding in the front seat. That could lead to an increased risk of injury for the passenger in a collision.
Volkswagen is recalling 2,471 Beetles from the 2012 and 2013 model years to fix the airbag sensor free of charge at its dealerships. While Volkswagen hasn’t yet sent recall notices to dealerships for the cars, which were made from February 2012 to August 2012, customers with affected vehicles can reach the automaker at (800) 822-8987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at (888) 327-4236 with reference number 12V540000.