66N8 – Trailer Hitch Bolts – 2022 Volkswagen Atlas & Atlas Cross Sport

August 31, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V657000

Loose Hitch Bolts May Allow Trailer to Separate

Loose bolts may fall out, causing the remaining bolts to break, which could lead to separation of the trailer hitch and trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V657

Manufacturer Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Components TRAILER HITCHES

Potential Number of Units Affected 3,184

 

Summary

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2022 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport vehicles. The trailer hitch bolts may have been insufficiently tightened.

 

Remedy

Dealers will tighten the trailer hitch bolts, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 28, 2022. Owners may contact Volkswagen’s customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 66N8.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 

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2022 Volkswagen Atlas
2022 Volkswagen Atlas

 


Affected Vehicles

Country Beginning Model Year Ending Model Year Vehicle Vehicle Count
USA 2022 2022 ATLAS 2,987
USA 2022 2022 ATLAS CROSS SPORT 197
CAN 2022 2022 ATLAS 347
CAN 2022 2022 ATLAS CROSS SPORT 9

 

Problem Description

The trailer hitch bolts have may not have been sufficiently tightened. The bolts may begin to loosen which will lead to a rattling noise. If the problem persists, the loose bolt may fall out, or the remaining bolts may be over-stressed which could lead to separation of the trailer hitch during towing. This may increase the risk for a crash for the following traffic.

 

Precautions

Until this recall work has been completed, owners should not tow a trailer with their vehicle. If the condition is present in the vehicle, owners may notice a rattling noise from the rear of the vehicle. If this happens, owners are advised to contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer without delay to have the vehicle inspected/repaired.

 

Corrective Action

The trailer hitch bolts will be tightened an additional 90°.

 

Code Visibility

On or about September 09, 2022, the campaign code will be applied to affected vehicles.

 

Owner Notification

Owner notification will take place in September 2022. Owner letter examples are included in this bulletin for your reference.

 

Repair Overview

Tighten trailer hitch bolts on both rear longitudinal members.

 


Chronology :

April 19, 2022: Chattanooga receives first bolts from a new supplier.

April 29, 2022: Failure rate in production begins to increase, root cause analysis started.

June 6, 2022: Production process auditors observed incorrect rework procedure being performed on a vehicle.

June -July 2022: Evaluation of potentially affected vehicles, risk assessment initiated. No field claims known.

August 18, 2022: Topic presented in Volkswagen’s Pre Product Safety Committee.

August 24, 2022: Topic presented in Volkswagen’s Product Safety Committee. Although it is extremely unlikely, experience gained during durability testing shows that a bolt over-stress failure (load transferred from a loose bolt to the remaining tight bolts) while towing cannot be completely ruled-out. Out of an abundance of caution,
a recall was decided.

 


2 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS 2022
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS CROSS SPORT 2022

 


6 Associated Documents

Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-22V657-9739.pdf 717.455KB

RCRIT-22V657-9739

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V657-3988.pdf 645.755KB

RCAK-22V657-3988

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V657-9358.PDF 215.722KB

RCLRPT-22V657-9358

 


VolkswagenVolkswagen Dealer Communications – September 2022

RCMN-22V657-0461.pdf 773.372KB

RCMN-22V657-0461

 


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22V657-0903.pdf 97.47KB

RCONL-22V657-0903

 


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22V657-1952.pdf 109.417KB

RCONL-22V657-1952

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V657&docType=RCL

 


 

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