Volkswagen of America Inc. has recalled certain 2011 Jetta models to fix a potential problem with the wiring of its anti-theft system and horn. The recall affects 71,043 Jettas built between March of 2010 and March of 2011. The problem stems from the a fuse that protects the car’s anti-theft alarm and the converter box that operates the windshield wipers and headlights. Under certain rare circumstances a short circuit in the horn can cause the lights and wipers to stop working, which could increase the risk of a crash.
The recall is a glitch in the roll-out of a vehicle whose success is critical to Volkswagen. The auto giant reworked the Jetta for 2011 with the goal of making the car appealing to a wider audience, in part by cutting its price. Under the recall, dealer service technicians will reconfigure the wiring layout so that the horn and converter box do not share the same fuse. The company says no injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of the flaw. Customers with questions can contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.
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