As cars have gotten more airbags, and more complicated bags, in the past couple year there has been an increase in recalls involving the bags. The latest came recently with the redesigned Volkswagen Beetle. Volkswagen has recalled 2,471 of its 2012 and 2013 Beetle coupes — those with leather seats and built from February 2012 through August 2012. The driver door jamb will show the build date.
According to NHTSA, if the right front seat gets wet, the sensor in the seat (the “occupant control module”) may not detect the presence of a child restraint on the seat. Note, the recommended location for child seats for your children actually is in the rear. The sensor is supposed to turn off the airbag if it detects a child seat. If it doesn’t and there is a crash, the bag could go off and injure a child in the seat. VW will replace the module on a schedule still to be set. You can get more information from VW at 1-800-822-8987.
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