VW Recalls 2019 Beetles For Brake Software Issue

DETROIT, Mich.–A recall of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Convertible will include more than 4,000 cars with instrument clusters that may not provide visual warnings when failures occur with the brake systems.

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The Beetle, which is being phased out by Volkswagen, are not equipped with brake-pad wear indicators but were built during specific production periods and with specific software coding. Beetles equipped with brake-wear indicators are not included in the action.

Volkswagen says drivers won’t see warnings if the electronic stability control or anti-lock brake system units detect failures in the braking systems, something that can cause the vehicles to lose control when drivers use the brakes.

Dealers will update the instrument cluster software to fix the instrument cluster issue.

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