Volkswagen recalling Beetles for a seat issue

November 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Nearly 3,000 Volkswagen Beetles are being recalled due to a problem with the seats. Certain 2012 and 2013 models are affected due to concerns about the sensors in the passenger side, but only in vehicles with leather sport seats, AutoBlog reports.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, if the seats in these models get wet, the occupant control modules in the passenger seat could malfunction and be unable to detect a child restraint. If this were to happen, the airbag would not turn off, and a child in that seat may be at risk for a serious injury due to airbag deployment in the event of a crash. The manufacturer discovered the problem during standard factory inspections, The Car Connection reports.

This recall comes just a few months after Volkswagen was forced to recall a small number of Beetles due to the wrong tires being placed on the car.

The affected cars were manufactured from February to August of 2012. Volkswagen will alert owners who are at risk and will provide free auto repair to fix the seat module, but there is currently no timeline as to those repairs. 

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