Volkswagen New Beetle, Think City Recalled Over Safety Issues

The Volkswagen New Beetle and Think City are the two latest additions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall list.

2011 Think City

The Problem: The Think City electric car is being recalled for two separate troubles: a seatbelt issue and potentially faulty defroster systems. The improperly installed seatbelts don’t meet Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard No. 208 for occupant crash protection and leads to increased injury risk if there’s an accident.

A poorly performing heater-defroster system is the main focus of the second recall. Should a windshield become clouded, it may stay that way, affecting forward vision.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect, then reinstall or replace seatbelt systems if deemed necessary. The City’s defroster system will be replaced as needed.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 16 – Seatbelt, 23 – Defroster

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle, New Beetle Convertible

The Problem: Certain copies may not meet federal crash standards that went into effect September 1, 2010, specifically Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard No. 208 regarding occupant crash protection. The New Beetle/New Beetle Convertible’s installed barriers may not supply adequate protection in case of collision and afflicted models were assembled September 1-22, 2010.

The Fix: Given the relatively low number of customers affected by the problem, dealers will offer a New Beetle or New Beetle Convertible built before September 1, 2010, that is compliant with FMVSS No. 208 as part of the recall. No word on what will become of the affected cars.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 27

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2010 Volkswagen Beetle

2010 Volkswagen Beetle

MSRP $19,790 S (Auto) Hatchback


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Horse Power:

150 @ 5000


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