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From Products Liability Law Daily, December 9, 2014

Trailing arm fracture prompts Volkswagen to recall Jetta, Beetle vehicles

By Joe Bichl

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., is recalling 442,066 model year 2011-2013 Jetta and 2012-2013 Beetle vehicles after determining that the rear trailing arm may fracture. Specifically, the automaker found that the durability of the rear trailing arms may be reduced in vehicles whose rear trailing arms have been previously deformed, such as a result of a rear or side-rear impact crash. This may result in its sudden fracture, possibly causing loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 14V656, December 9, 2014).

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a sheet metal inlay on the rear axle trailing arms designed to prevent a sudden loss of control in the event of trailing arm sudden fracture, free of charge. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in November 2014 and will be mailed a second letter when remedy parts are available.

For more information consumers can contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

In other news, Maserati North America, Inc., recalled about 139 model year 2014-2015 Quattroporte, and Ghibli vehicles because the fuel delivery hoses in the vehicles may have been improperly crimped, which may cause a fuel leak and fire.

Honda is recalling about 10,000 motorcycles because a problem with the fuel pump might cause the engine to stall, according to a report the automaker filed with NHTSA. The recalled cycles include the model year 2014 GROM125 and the Forza scooter.

Continental Tire said it is recalling some 6,000 tires used on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class because a manufacturing problem could cause them to fail, according to a report Continental sent to NHTSA.

BMW of North America, LLC, is recalling certain model year 2015 X3 and X4 Sports Activity vehicles. The recalled vehicles may have been produced with a driver's side exterior rearview mirror that was designed to meet non-US market requirements.

Companies: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.,

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