According to NHTSA, it appears that Volkswagen it’s recalling certain model year 2010 New Beetle and New Beetle Convertible, which were manufactured from September 1, 2010 through September 22, 2010. NHTSA says that the models will be recalled for failing to comply with the barrier test requirements of federal motor vehicles safety standards No. 208 “Occupant crash protection” that went into effect September 1, 2010.
As a consequence, the vehicle that don’t meet the new requirements may not offer the protection attendant to those requirements. Now here is the most interesting part of this recall: the vehicles that don’t meet with requirements that went into effect on September 1, 2010 will be replaced by dealers with new vehicle that were produced prior to September 1, 2010.
The recall of certain model year 2010 New Beetle and New Beetle Convertible is expected to begin on or before February 1, 2011. For those who own one of the affected vehicles, they can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 or they can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or they can go to www.safecar.gov.
The New Volkswagen Beetle has been a regular in the streets as far back as 1998. By the mid-2005, Volkswagen optically 'sharpened' this trendy car to have the same style as that of the New Beetle Ragster study.
Designers at Volkswagen even improved the level of this already successful series. To name a few, the improvements include the use of refined lines, new lights, and a fresh color pallete. There are even new covers for the fabric seats.
Even the wheels are new and TDI motor optimized for performance. Combined, all of these different improvements give the New Beetle the makeover it needs to have a more concise appearance. The New Beetle’s basic form however continues to be untouchable and as such, designers were able to perfect the details needed for this front-wheel drive two-door vehicle.
The results have so far been consistent. Its synthetic fenders for example now have a sharper outline while the addition of a radiator grille on the front bumpers give it a sportier look. Getting redesigned as well are the lights like the clear-glass headlights whose oval shape result in them becoming more defined.
The front blinkers meanwhile are now narrower. Backlights now have the white-in-red circle resulting in an optical change. Updated as well are the Volkswagen hood ornaments located on the front and back portion of the vehicle.
While the New Beetle can be bought in the basic version, customization is possible through the different packages and features offered. For the new model year, 15 fresh colors and paints will be offered, using names like "Gecko Green" or the "Salsa Red."
In the meantime, new fabric designs are available for the interior which come in Aquarius Blue, Black, Cream, Flannel Grey, and Mellow Yellow. Like the exterior, the interior also experienced an upgrade with the chrome framing on the air vents and instrument cluster.