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.
Thanks to its balanced proportions, the new Volkswagen Passat enjoys a timeless and dominant styling that fully reflects the new Design DNA that was developed by Klaus Bischoff, design chief for the Volkswagen Brand, and Walter de Silva, design head for the Volkswagen Group.
The new VW Passat is now able to boldly herald itself as the sophisticated choice in the midsize segment, thanks to its signature clean design marked by a number of horizontal body elements. Thanks to this design, the new VW Passat appears to be more expensive than it actually is.
Up front, the Volkswagen Passat is heavily defined by a new horizontal brand face, with the three-blade grille and headlights styled as a single unit. As penned, the sculpted grille of the new VW Passat features a three-dimensional shape, and is now more upright, more distinctive and more elegant. It is marked below by a large, lower intake featuring a honeycomb surface. The outer extremes of the lower intake could be fitted with the optional fog lights.
Meanwhile, the side profile of the new VW Passat exposes a muscular ridge in the sill area that results a vigorous interplay between light. The side profile also reveals powerfully sculpted wheel arches as well as a roofline flowing to the rear end with a coupe-like cut of the rear window, thereby highlighting the vehicle’s aerodynamic styling. The side profile likewise reveals three side windows with a long, extended glass surface.