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VW Recalls 130,000 Vehicles World-Wide Because of Brake Problem

Mar 1, 2002 | AP Volkswagen AG said Thursday it is recalling 130,000 cars world-wide, many of them in the U.S. , after it detected a fault in the braking system.

The move affects batches of the VW's Golf, New Beetle and Bora, as well as the Audi A3, SEAT Toledo and Skoda Octavia models. No details were given on the model years or where the cars were built.

Some 90,000 of the vehicles affected have been sold in the Americas, VW spokesman Hans-Gerd Bode said, most of them in the U.S. He said a more detailed breakdown isn't available.

The auto maker said an electronic chip in the braking system "could overheat and cause engine components to smolder. In the worst case, a car could catch fire." That has yet to happen, however, and no one has been hurt as a result of the fault, Bode said.

He said letters would be sent to customers world-wide starting in Brazil , and that VW hoped to replace the faulty parts on all the cars affected within eight weeks.

He declined to comment on how much the recall might cost the automaker and its suppliers.

VW's Brazilian subsidiary said earlier Thursday that it is recalling 9,395 vehicles. The recall there comes some two weeks after a similar move by Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors and Fiat. The automakers recalled several thousand vehicles with flawed braking systems produced by the same supplier, Continental do Brasil Produtos Automotivos Ltda.

Mr. Bode declined to comment on who had supplied the faulty systems for the cars being recalled in other countries or where they were manufactured.

Some 1,000 vehicles are affected in VW's home market. Bode said few vehicles sold in Germany are fitted with the braking system in question.

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