VW recalls 660,000 cars, SUVs to remedy headlight issue

The recall include the Atlas and Passat.

Volkswagen has announced the recall of more than 660,000 Atlas SUV and Passat sedan models for headlights that could be out of compliance with federal regulations.

In total, the recall covers 663,378 vehicles built at VW's Chattanooga, Tennessee production plant. Atlas SUVs from the 2018 and 2019 model year account for 116,172 of those vehicles recalled while 547,206 Passats from the 2012-20 model years make up the balance.

The recall was initiated after VW discovered that vehicles built at its Chattanooga plant may not have been fitted with a headlight horizontal adjuster screw cap. Those caps prevent owners from making their own vertical headlight adjustments and are required by law.

According to VW, if a vehicle's headlights are improperly adjusted they might not sufficiently light the road ahead and could blind oncoming traffic. VW says no accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall.

Although massive, the recall is at least an easy fix for VW. Dealers will remedy the problem by simply installing the missing screw cap.

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