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Volkswagen Recalls Jetta Sedans for Tailpipes that Can Burn People

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen is voluntarily recalling 33,799 Jetta sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years for exhaust tips that stick out too far, which can burn people. Volkswagen says in a statement that the recall affects certain Jettas built between March 2010 and August 2011.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of these Jettas had a cosmetic exhaust tip installed at the port when they were imported, and these tips may be longer than the factory-installed exhaust pipes. “If the tips are hot, people could be burned on the legs,” the Detroit Free Press reports.

Fewer than 10 owners of the affected Jettas have complained to Volkswagen of being burned by the exhaust tips, the Detroit Free Press adds.

If you own one of the more than 33,000 affected Jetta sedans, Volkswagen says you should bring your car to the dealership, and your exhaust tips will be inspected and replaced if necessary. Volkswagen will notify you by mail, but you can call Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 with questions. Volkswagen’s voluntary recall (NHTSA recall number 26G8/U3) will start in November.

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