Volkswagen has announced a recall for 54,537 of its 2018 Atlas SUVs noting that wide child car-seat bases could interfere with and ultimately damage seat-belt buckles in the vehicles second row, resulting in the belts releasing unexpectedly.
According to Consumer Reports, if a car seat with a base wider than 12.6 inches is installed in the second-row center seating position of the recalled vehicles, the base may damage the center and adjacent outboard seat-belt buckles.
Once damaged, the seat-belt buckles can release unexpectedly and may fail to secure occupants in the event of a collision, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that Volkswagen dealers will inspect the center and left outboard seat-belt buckles in recalled vehicles and replace them if necessary. Inspections and replacements will be completed free of charge.
Volkswagen will also be providing an owner’s manual supplement that addresses the child safety and child restraint issues.
The recall is currently limited to 2018 Volkswagen SUVs equipped with second-row bench seats. Vehicles equipped with captain’s chairs in the second row are not affected.
All recalled vehicles were built between November 17, 2016 and June 5, 2018.
Affected owners can expect to be notified by Volkswagen beginning Aug. 3, 2018. Owners can also call 1-800-893-5298 to see if their vehicle has been recalled, or they can visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
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