2018 Volkswagen Atlas Recalled Over Second-Row Seat Belts

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, Automotive Editor - June 27, 2018

Earlier this June, Volkswagen issued a recall that affected approximately 54,000 units of its 2018 Atlas SUV. The issue with the SUVs involved child car seats that could damage the second-row seat belts. The damage could lead the seat belts to release unexpectedly.

More specifically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that car seats that are wider than 12.6 inches could damage the center and adjacent outboard seat-belt buckles. Atlas models equipped with second-row captain’s chairs instead of a bench-style seat aren't affected by the recall.

VW stated that it would notify passengers with affected vehicles beginning on August 3. At that time, dealers will inspect the seat belts and replace them for free if necessary. The affected vehicles were built between Nov. 17, 2016 and June 5, 2018.

To see if your Atlas is affected by the recall, the NHTSA has a handy VIN tool that’s easy to use. All you have to do is input your 17-digit vehicle identification number. Or, owners can call Volkswagen Customer Service at 800-893-5298.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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