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71,000 2011 Volkswagen Jettas Recalled Because Horn Honking Can Shut Off Engine
This wouldn't be good at all for the typical road rage driver. I couldn't even imagine what kind of bad accidents could occur if someone's engine were to shut off while driving.
Volkswagen of America is recalling about 71,000 2011 Jetta sedans for a wiring problem that could cause the car to turn off when the horn is used.
Under certain rare circumstances using the horn could cause a short circuit that would, in turn, cause an electronic part called a converter box to disconnect from the car’s power supply, a VW spokeswoman said.
The converter box supplies power to various components, including the headlights, wipers and engine controller. Cutting off power to the engine controller shuts off the car’s engine.
VW is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from this problem, Volkswagen of America said in an announcement. The recall affects Jettas built between March 2010 and March 2011.
Customers with questions or concerns should contact Volkswagen Customer Care at 800-822-8987, the automaker said.