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Volkswagen Passat Recall Affects 150,000 Sedans

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Volkswagen Passat Recall

A 2013 Passat, one of the models affected in the Volkswagen Passat Recall

The German automaker has issued a Volkswagen Passat recall that affects roughly 150,000 Passat models from 2012 and 2013. Apparently, if the hood of the Passat is closed too hard, it could damage the headlights. (In related news, punching a wall too hard may lead to a hole, and dropping a vase from a two-story window may see it shattered.)

Volkswagen claims that when the hoods are slammed down, the resultant vibration could cut off the electricity to the low-beam headlights. Drivers are alerted via a dashboard warning light if the electricity is closed off, but it unfortunately does not flash the words, “You closed my hood too damn hard, punk.” Ah, if only.

No injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of this issue. Volkswagen will be reaching out to customers driving the affected vehicles, installing an improved bulb fitting on the Passats, as well as adjusting the hood bumpers if necessary. There will be no cost to owners.

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    Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.