Volvo, Saab, Audi and Volkswagen Recall 40,000 Cars Because Of Faulty Towing HooksJul 4, 2002 | AP
Volvo, Saab, Audi and Volkswagen said Thursday they're recalling about 40,000 cars because of a faulty towing hook.
The hook, called Brink G.3.0, was mounted on 17,000 cars sold in Sweden since 1998, the companies said in a news release.
It also was mounted on 18,000 Volvos and 3,500 Saabs in other markets, spokesmen for the two companies said.
They said most of the affected Volvos were sold in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Belgium and about 700 in the United States, while the Saabs were spread over European markets, Russia, Australia, Japan and Canada.
Volkswagen and Audi said they were recalling about 1,000 cars in Norway.
Owners would be notified by mail of the defect and invited to adjust the hooks at local dealerships, the companies said.
Kim Gaalsgard, a spokesman for the hook's manufacturer, Brink Sverige AB, said tests had shown a problem with the towing hook's locking mechanism.