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Blown Fuse Could Potentially Cause Jettas to Crash

April 1, 2011

Volkswagen has recalled its popular Jetta due to an electrical problem that could cause a crash.

71,043 model year 2011 Jettas manufactured from March 2010 to March 2011 are affected by the recall.

According to a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from Volkswagen Group of America, the electrical wiring and fuse layout in these Jetta models has a converter box protected by the same fuse used by the signal horn and the anti-theft alarm system.

If the fuse blows, it disconnects power to the horn, alarm system and converter box, which turns off the engine management system, lights and windshield wipers.

“Should this happen while the vehicle is being driven, the engine could stall, or the headlights or wipers could turn off unexpectedly, potentially leading to a crash without warning,” the letter said.

Volkswagen is unaware of any crashes resulting from the defect.

The manufacturer will notify Jetta owners of the recall by mail when it has sufficient quantities of repair kits.

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