42M2 Trailing Arm Bolts Improperly Tightened – 2022 Volkswagen Atlas & 2022-2023 Atlas Cross Sport

October 26, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V807000

Trailing Arm Bolts Improperly Tightened

Unsecured bolts may cause the trailing arm to fracture, resulting in a sudden loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V807

Manufacturer Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Components SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected 33

 

Summary

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2022 Volkswagen Atlas FL and 2022-2023 Atlas Cross Sport vehicles. The driver-side rear trailing arm bolts may not have been tightened properly, allowing them to loosen and fall out.

 

Remedy

Dealers will replace the driver side rear trailing arm bolts, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 25, 2022. Owners may contact Volkswagen’s customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 42M2.

 

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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Affected Vehicles

Country Beginning Model Year Ending Model Year Vehicle Vehicle Count
USA 2022 2022 ATLAS 21
USA 2022 2023 ATLAS CROSS SPORT 12
CAN 2022 2023 ATLAS 8
CAN 2022 2022 ATLAS CROSS SPORT 4

 

Problem Description

The proper tightening procedure at the supplier may not have been performed on the bolts on the driver side (left side) rear trailing arm. The bolts may loosen over time and fall out, or the trailing arm may fracture due to overload around the remaining bolt(s). This could cause excessive movement of the driver side (left side) rear wheel bearing carrier, which can lead to a change in vehicle handling characteristics. If this were to occur there could be a sudden loss of vehicle control. This may increase the risk of a crash.

 

Corrective Action

Replace the driver side (left side) rear trailing arm bolts.

 

Precautions

If the affected bolts loosen, the customer may notice an unusual (knocking) noise from the rear suspension and possibly a change in the vehicle handling. Should this occur, owners are advised to contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer without delay to have the vehicle inspected/repaired.

 

Code Visibility

On November 08, 2022, the campaign code was applied to affected vehicles.

 

Owner Notification

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

 

Repair Overview

Tighten, then replace bolts for left rear trailing arm.

 


Chronology :

Volkswagen is not aware of any field claims for this topic.

August 30, 2022: Supplier reports the issue to manufacturer.

August- September 2022: Start of risk assessment and determination of possible indicators of the issue to the driver.

September 29, 2022: Volkswagen received final clarification of root cause, affected scope and countermeasure by the supplier.

September 30, 2022: Volkswagen’s risk assessment was completed.

October 13, 2022: Topic was presented in the Volkswagen APS Pre-Product Safety Committee

October 19, 2022: Volkswagen Product Safety Committee determined a safety recall for the affected vehicle population.

 


3 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS 2022
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS CROSS SPORT 2022-2023

 


5 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V807-4125.PDF 215.796KB

RCLRPT-22V807-4125

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V807-7668.pdf 645.819KB

RCAK-22V807-7668

 


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-22V807-4430.pdf 477.011KB

RCRIT-22V807-4430

 


Volkswagen – Dealer Advance Notice – November 2022

RCMN-22V807-3433.pdf 833.53KB

RCMN-22V807-3433

 


Volkswagen – Dealer Launch Notice – November 2022

RCMN-22V807-4367.pdf 770.973KB

RCMN-22V807-4367

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V807&docType=RCL

 


 

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