The problem affects vehicles with a traditional ignition switch, where the polyfuse may fail, furthering the risk of a crash.
Owner notification letters are scheduled to be mailed out October 27, and dealers will replace affected fuses for free.
Volkswagen is recalling 47,651 Jetta sedans from the 2019 and 2020 model years to solve a problem with the ignition in vehicles with a traditional ignition switch. According to a filing with NHTSA, the switch's polyfuse can fail, potentially leading to the vehicle's electrical system shutting down and causing the engine to stall while driving.
According to the documents filed with NHTSA, drivers will see two warnings displayed on the dash if the problem occurs: "Ignition switch off, safely stop the vehicle," followed by "Starter system faulty, please service vehicle."
The issue appears to be more prevalent when the car is operated in high-temperature areas, though the root cause of the issue is still being investigated. Owner notification letters are scheduled to be sent to Jetta owners on October 27. Owners with an affected Jetta will be able to bring their vehicle to local dealers who will replace the ignition switch for free. In the meantime, owners can find out if their vehicle is included in the recall by checking the NHTSA recalls site.
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