May 25, 2009
Volkswagen is recalling about 26,000 Jettas from the 2006-2009 model years. The affected models are 5th Generation vehicles equipped with the 2.01-liter engine.
The company said that fastening screw contact surfaces on the driveshaft cover plate may loosen over time, causing a knocking sound when the vehicle is in motion. Eventually, the driveshaft screws could loosen to the point that the driveshaft detaches from the gearbox.
If the vehicle is moving when the driveshaft detaches, it could damage the gearbox housing, causing oil to leak onto the street and creating a hazard to the VW driver as well as other motorists.
Dealers will inspect the driveshaft screws and replace them free of charge when the recall begins on or before June 19. Owners may contact VW at 1-800-822-8987.
Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.