Compliance Recall 94L9 / Headlight Adjusting Screw Caps – 2012-2020 Volkswagen Passat & 2018-2019 Atlas

May 22, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V389000

Headlights can be Adjusted/FMVSS 108

Without the blocking cap, the headlight aim can be adjusted out of specification, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V389

Manufacturer Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 662,185

 

Summary

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2020 Volkswagen Passat and 2018-2019 Atlas vehicles. The blocking cap disabling the adjustment of the headlight’s horizontal aim may not have been installed. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

 

Remedy

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, block the headlight horizontal adjustment, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 10, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 94L9.

 

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.safercar.gov.

 

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Compliance Recall
Code: 94L9


Subject Headlight Adjusting Screw Caps
Release Date June 11, 2019
Affected Vehicles U.S.A.:  2012-2020 MY Volkswagen Passat & 2018-2019 MY Volkswagen Atlas

Canada: 2012-2018 MY Volkswagen Passat & 2018-2019 MY Volkswagen Atlas

Check Campaigns/Actions screen in Elsa on the day of repair to verify that a VIN qualifies for repair under this action.  Elsa is the only valid campaign inquiry & verification source. 

  • Campaign status must show “open.”
  • If Elsa shows other open action(s), inform your customer so that the work can also be completed at the same time the vehicle is in the workshop for this campaign.
Problem Description The headlights are not permitted to have a horizontal adjustment for vehicles certified according to regulatory requirements. The horizontal adjuster is blocked from further adjustment by means of a cap (after the initial adjustment is performed in the production process). Some vehicles did not have the required cap installed. Incorrectly adjusted headlights may result in reduced visibility (for the driver and other motorists) which could increase the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action Inspect and, if necessary, install missing headlight adjusting screw caps.
Parts Information
Parts Control Type:

Upper Order Limit

Parts will be managed with a weekly Upper Order Limit.  Please see Parts On Command (POC) for your Upper Order Limit quantity.
Initial Allocation:

YES

Dealers will be sent an initial allocation prior to customer notification.  If no initial allocation was received, please reference the Repair Projection Tool (below) to view your potential VIN population.
Criteria Part Number Description Replacement Rate Qty. per Vehicle Ordering Method
All 4E0-941-041 Adjuster cap 7% Up to 2 UOL
Repair Projection Tool (right click to open): 
Code Visibility On or about June 11, 2019, affected vehicles will be listed on the Inventory Vehicle Open Campaign Action report under My Dealership Reports (found on www.vwhub.com & OMD Web).  A list will not be posted for dealers who do not have any affected vehicles.

On or about June 11, 2019, this campaign code will show open on affected vehicles in Elsa.

On or about June 11, 2019, affected vehicles will be identified with this campaign code in the VIN Lookup tool at www.vw.com and on the NHTSA VIN lookup tool at www.safercar.gov.

Owner  Notification Owner notification will take place in July 2019. Owner letter examples are included in this bulletin for your reference.
Additional Information Please alert everyone in your dealership about this action, including Sales, Service, Parts and Accounting personnel.  Contact Warranty if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT REMINDER ON VEHICLES AFFECTED BY SAFETY & COMPLIANCE RECALLS

New Vehicles in Dealer Inventory: It is a violation of federal law for a dealer to deliver a new motor vehicle or any new or used item of motor vehicle equipment (including a tire) covered by this notification under a sale or lease until the defect or noncompliance is remedied. By law, dealers must correct, prior to delivery for sale or lease, any vehicle that fails to comply with an applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or that contains a defect relating to motor vehicle safety.

Pre-Owned Vehicles in Dealer Inventory: Dealers should not deliver any pre-owned vehicles in their inventory which are involved in a safety or compliance recall until the defect has been remedied.

Dealers must ensure that every affected inventory vehicle has this campaign completed before delivery to consumers.

Fill out and affix Campaign Completion Label (CAMP 010 000) after work is complete.  

Labels can be ordered at no cost via the Compliance Label Ordering portal at www.vwhub.com.

Claim Entry Instructions

After campaign has been completed, enter claim as soon as possible to help prevent work from being duplicated elsewhere. Attach the Elsa screen print showing action open on the day of repair to the repair order.  If customer refused campaign work:

  • U.S. dealers: Submit request via WISE under the Campaigns/Update/Recall Closure option.
  • Canada dealers: Upload the repair order [signed by customer] to Volkswagen WIN/Operations/Campaign Closure.     
Service Number 94L9
Damage Code 0099
Parts Vendor Code WWO
Claim Type Sold vehicle: 7 10

Unsold vehicle: 7 90

Causal Indicator Mark labor as causal
Vehicle Wash/Loaner Do not claim wash/loaner under this action

U.S.A.: Loaner/rental coverage cannot be claimed under this action. However, loaner/rental may be covered under the mobility program. Please refer to section 3.30 in the Volkswagen Warranty Policy and Procedures Manual for loaner claims information and reimbursement details.

Canada: Loaner/rental coverage cannot be claimed under this action. Please refer to Volkswagen Service Loaner Program to determine loaner eligibility.

Criteria I.D.  01 or 02
  Inspect headlight horizontal adjusting screws; cap present on both headlights, no further work required.

Labor operation: 0183 00 99 10 T.U.

-OR-

Check headlight horizontal adjusting screws; cap(s) NOT present, install cap(s).

Labor operation: 9415 23 99 20 T.U.

 

Quantity Part Number Description
Up to 2.00 4E0941041 Cap

 


Customer Letter Example (USA)

<MONTH YEAR>

<CUSTOMER NAME>
<CUSTOMER ADDRESS>
<CUSTOMER CITY STATE ZIPCODE>

This notice applies to your vehicle:  <VIN>

NHTSA: 19V389

Subject: Compliance Recall 94L9 – Headlight Adjusting Screw Caps
2012-2020 Model Year Volkswagen Passat & 2018-2019 Model Year Volkswagen Atlas

 

Dear Volkswagen Owner,

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Volkswagen has decided that certain 2012-2020 model year Volkswagen vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. Our records show that you are the owner of a vehicle affected by this action.

What is the issue? The headlights are not permitted to have a horizontal adjustment for vehicles certified according to regulatory requirements. The horizontal adjuster is blocked from further adjustment by means of a cap (after the initial adjustment is performed in the production process). Some vehicles did not have the required cap installed. Incorrectly adjusted headlights may result in reduced visibility (for the driver and other motorists) which could increase the risk of a crash.
What will we do? To correct this noncompliance, your authorized Volkswagen dealer will inspect and, if necessary, install missing headlight adjusting screw caps.  This work will take a few minutes to complete and will be performed for you free of charge.
What should you do? Please contact your authorized Volkswagen dealer without delay to schedule this recall repair.  To set up an appointment online, please visit www.vw.com/find-a-dealer.
Lease vehicles and address changes If you are the lessor and registered owner of the vehicle identified in this action, the law requires you to forward this letter immediately via first-class mail to the lessee within ten (10) days of receipt. If you have changed your address or sold the vehicle, please fill out the enclosed prepaid Owner Reply card and mail it to us so we can update our records.
Can we assist you further? If your authorized Volkswagen dealer fails or is unable to complete this work free of charge within a reasonable time, or if you should have any questions about this communication, please reach out to us using your preferred method of communication at www.vw.com/contact or by calling us at 800-893-5298.
Checking your vehicle for open Recalls and Service Campaigns  To check your vehicle’s eligibility for repair under this or any other recall/service campaign, please visit www.vw.com/owners/recalls and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the Recall/Service Campaign Lookup tool.

If you still cannot obtain satisfaction, you may file a complaint with:  The Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590; or call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

We apologize for any inconvenience this matter may cause; however we are taking this action to help ensure your safety and continued satisfaction with your vehicle.   

Sincerely,

Volkswagen Customer Protection


Customer Letter Example  (CANADA)

<MONTH YEAR>

<CUSTOMER NAME>
<CUSTOMER ADDRESS>
<CUSTOMER CITY STATE ZIPCODE>

This notice applies to your vehicle:  <VIN>

Subject: Compliance Recall 94L9 – Headlight Adjusting Screw Caps
2012-2018 Model Year Volkswagen Passat & 2018-2019 Model Year Volkswagen Atlas

 

Dear Volkswagen Owner,

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Volkswagen has decided that certain 2012-2019 model year Volkswagen vehicles fail to conform to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 108, Lighting System and Retroreflective Devices. Our records show that you are the owner of a vehicle affected by this action.

What is the issue? The headlights are not permitted to have a horizontal adjustment for vehicles certified according to regulatory requirements. The horizontal adjuster is blocked from further adjustment by means of a cap (after the initial adjustment is performed in the production process). Some vehicles did not have the required cap installed. Incorrectly adjusted headlights may result in reduced visibility (for the driver and other motorists) which could increase the risk of a crash.
What will we do? To correct this noncompliance, your authorized Volkswagen dealer will inspect and, if necessary, install missing headlight adjusting screw caps.  This work will take a few minutes to complete and will be performed for you free of charge.
What should you do? Please contact your authorized Volkswagen dealer without delay to schedule this recall repair.
Lease vehicles and address changes If you are the lessor and registered owner of the vehicle identified in this action, the law requires you to forward this letter immediately via first-class mail to the lessee within ten (10) days of receipt. If you have changed your address or sold the vehicle, please fill out the enclosed prepaid Owner Reply card and mail it to us so we can update our records.
Can we assist you further? If your authorized Volkswagen dealer fails or is unable to complete this work free of charge within a reasonable time, please contact Customer Relations, Monday through Friday from 8AM to 8PM EST by phone at 1-800-822-8987 or via our “Contact Us” page at www.vw.ca.

We apologize for any inconvenience this matter may cause; however we are taking this action to help ensure your safety and continued satisfaction with your vehicle.    

Sincerely,

Volkswagen Customer Protection


11 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS 2018-2019
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2012-2020

7 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V389-8718.pdf 304.406KB

Download (PDF, 297KB)


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Date: June 11, 2019 Repair Delayed – Compliance Recall 94L9 / Headlight Adjusting Screw Caps

RCMN-19V389-3754.pdf 134.378KB

Download (PDF, 131KB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V389-7258.pdf 168.365KB

Download (PDF, 164KB)


Recall 573 Report-Amendment 2

RCLRPT-19V389-3969.PDF 217.24KB

Download (PDF, 212KB)


Recall 573 Report-Amendment 1

RCLRPT-19V389-5410.PDF 217.034KB

Download (PDF, 212KB)


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Date: June 10, 2019 Repair Available – Compliance Recall 94L9 / Headlight Adjusting Screw Caps

RCMN-19V389-6438.pdf 98.745KB

Download (PDF, 96KB)


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Date: June 12, 2019 Repair Available – Compliance Recall 94L9 / Headlight Adjusting Screw Caps

RCMN-19V389-8888.pdf 28.337KB

Download (PDF, 28KB)


Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V389&docType=RCL


 

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