Volkswagen AG is recalling around 160,351 Passat sedans (MY2012-2013) in the United States and Canada due to a possibility that a low-beam headlight may fail to function. According to VW, when the hood of the Passat is closed roughly or dropped from a certain height, the resulting vibration or impact can lead to a loss of electrical contact to a low-beam headlight bulb's connector.
A loss of the light could result to reduced visibility, the carmaker said. VW said that a warning light on the instrument panel will immediately alert the driver if that occurs. The carmaker said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue, adding that it will notify owners to bring their units to a dealer. The dealer will install an improved bulb fitting free of charge.
The hood bumpers will also be inspected and adjusted or replaced as necessary to prevent the hood from contacting the headlight assembly. The recall covers about 150,201 Passats in the United States and about 10,150 in Canada, VW said. While the Passat is also sold in other countries, the number of cars affected outside of North America were not immediately available.