2010 Volkswagen Beetle Recall Very Confusing
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling the Volkswagen Beetle, that cute little bug-eyed hatchback, but unlike any other recall, this one baffles the mind. Most people know that these safety laws are put in place to save lives, at least, that's what was once thought.
The administration has determined that certain examples of the Volkswagen Beetle, in coupe and convertible form, produced in September 2010, failed to meet new Federal crash test requirements. These new requirements went into effect that month.
Fair enough, these complaints against the VW Beetle seem legitimate. Crash testing is put in place to prevent injury or death in the event of an accident. Failing these tests should warrant some sort of recall from the manufacturer. The remedy for the problem, however, is a strange one.
The NHTSA would like owners of these Beetles to return them to their dealership and in return, Volkswagen will give owners an older model. Sort of like trading down, only the German automaker doesn’t have much of a choice in this situation. What makes this funny is the fact that these replacement vehicles still won’t meet these crash requirements, but because they weren’t produced in or after September 2010, it doesn’t matter. Sometimes government administrations are so narrow-minded that they become comical.
Only 27 examples of the 2010 Volkswagen Beetle will be recalled and the NHTSA hopes to begin by February 1, 2010. Those that are getting their vehicle replaced won’t be any safer, but at least the government will happy. Remember, it’s not about lives as we once thought it’s about laws and whether or not a vehicle complies with them.
Volkswagen Beetle owners can contact VW at 1-800-822-8987 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-822-8987 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or the administration themselves at 1-888-327-4236.
[National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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