1997 Fools: Volskwagen announces Ghia recall
Subject: Volskwagen announces Ghia recall
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Pat Steppic)
Volkswagen of America has announced today a voluntary recall of its
popular Karmann-Ghia sports car, model years 1959-1967, due to
manufacturing defects which could lead to accidents.
According to Apu Nahasapimapetelan, spokesman for Volkswagen of
America, the defect consists of an improperly welded carpet-retaining
button, which could come loose, causing the carpet in the driver's
side footwell to fall and lodge behind the brake pedal, thereby
interfering with the operation of the brakes.
The recall only affects cars which were exported from Germany, as,
according to Nahasapimapetelan, the welds "appear to be weakened by
exposure to salty air, such as would be encountered as the vehicles
were on a ship for extended periods.
"This is an unprecedented move in the automotive industry, recalling
vehicles almost forty years after their date of manufacture, but it
is a reflection of Volkswagen's unflinching dedication to its
When asked why the thirty-five year delay, he said that the safety
division at Volkswagen AG, the German parent company, had "misplaced
the Quality Control paperwork," and it was discovered by a
retiring Quality-Control engineer as he was cleaning out his desk
The recall affects Volkswagen Karmann Ghias manufactured between 1959
and 1967. Vehicle titles must be held by the original owners, there
can be no significant modifications to the vehicles' interiors, and
the cars must have less than 100,000 original miles on them in order
for them to qualify. Owners meeting these criteria can bring their
cars to their Volkswagen dealers, where they will receive all new
carpeting after the old welds are cut out and replaced.
There have been no fatalities or serious injuries to drivers as a
result of these faulty welds, but several owners have complained
about increased stopping distances as a result of brakes not going
all the way to the floor when pressure was applied. It is unknown
how many cars will be affected by the recall.
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