Volkswagen Recall Impacts Close to 55,000 VW Atlas Vehicles with Seat Belt Issue
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Volkswagen Recall Impacts Close to 55,000 VW Atlas Vehicles with Seat Belt Issue

A damaged seat belt buckle can release unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury during a crash

July 20, 2018

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling approximately 55,000 model year 2018 Volkswagen (VW) Atlas vehicles.

What's the problem?

The owner's manual provided with the affected VW Atlas vehicles does not inform vehicle owners about the child restraint size limitation/restrictions for the second row center seating position. As a result, the center and adjacent outboard seat belt buckles on the second row can become damaged if a child seat base is installed on the seat that is wider than 12.6 inches.

A damaged seat belt buckle can release unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.

What happens next?

Volkswagen will notify owners of the recalled Atlas vehicles beginning in early August 2018. VW dealers will then inspect the center and left outboard seat belt buckles and replace them if necessary, free of charge.

Volkswagen will also provide an owner's manual supplement addressing child safety and child restraints.

Vehicle owners with further questions or concerns about this recall can reach Volkswagen customer service at (800) 893-5298. The reference number for this recall is 69X1.