PhotoVolkswagen Group of America is recalling 54,537 model year 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vehicles.

The owner's manuals provided with the recalled vehicles do not inform customers about the child restraint size limitation/restrictions for the second row center seating position.

As a result, the center and adjacent outboard seat belt buckles on the second row can become damaged it a child seat base is installed that is wider than 12.6 inches.

A damaged seat belt buckle can release unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

What to do

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the center and left outboard seat belt buckles, and replace them if necessary, free of charge.

The automaker will also provide an owner's manual supplement addressing child safety and child restraints.

The recall is expected to begin August 3, 2018.

Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69X1.


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