Volkswagen has issued a voluntary recall on the manually-adjustable seating in the 2015 Jetta and Passat. The recall notes that in some cases, improperly assembled seatback recliner retaining brackets will fail to engage and the seat will then shift fore or aft with minimal effort. No accidents or injuries have been reported to VW due to the problem, but the company is recalling and notifying owners now.
Their statement on the recall reads:
Volkswagen considers the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers a top priority. As such, Volkswagen of America today notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will be issuing a voluntary safety recall affecting the manual seats on certain 2015 model year Volkswagen Jetta and Passat vehicles.
The recall affects 393 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat vehicles equipped with manual seat back recliners from the 2015 model year. In isolated cases, it is possible that an improperly assembled seatback recliner retaining bracket may not engage properly on manual seats, causing the seatback to shift fore and/or aft with minimal effort. Should this movement occur unexpectedly with the driver’s seatback, it could startle the driver and lead to a collision. If the movement occurs with either driver or front passenger seat, it poses a risk of injury to the seat occupant(s) in a collision.
To fix the issue, authorized Volkswagen dealers will inspect and adjust the bracket in the affected vehicles at no cost to customers.
No accidents or injuries related to this issue have been reported. Volkswagen will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer.
CarNewsCafe readers will also wish to note that the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta was recently test driven by us for a week and a full review will be coming soon.