Volkswagen of America has issued a safety recall of 13,500 vehicles to fix problems with a dual-clutch transmission that could lead to a warning on the dashboard.

The possible design defect can cause the car to shift into neutral in rare cases, which could cause a car accident at the wrong time — such as trying to get more power to the car to get up a hill.

Our firm’s personal injury lawyers in San Diego are well aware that new designs or parts in new cars being produced every year can have their product liability bugs.  We just hope that auto makers issue recalls before car accidents happen that cause injuries like whiplash or traumatic brain injuries.

The 2010 VW Jetta is one of a few vehicles that may have a faulty temperature sensor which can lead to the transmission acting up.

It’s always best to take care of the problem before that happens.

The dual-clutch transmission has become popular in the last few years because of the interest in racing with movies such as the “Fast and the Furious” anthology.  Essentially, there are two clutches in the transmission.  One clutch handles the odd numbered gears, and one controls the even numbered gears.

A malfunction to a major car system like the transmission or engine can lead to dangerous situations if those problems aren’t corrected.

The recall affects 2009 model year and a small number of 2010 Jetta, Jetta SportsWagen, GTI and Eos vehicles built between September 2008 and August 2009.  The malfunction is caused by a faulty temperature sensor inside the transmission, which leads to the warning lamp lighting up on the dashboard.

Volkswagen officials said no automobile accidents or injuries were reported, and that owners will have their vehicles inspected and repaired if their car falls under the recall timeframe.  VW customers can call (800) 444-8982 for more information.

Solving a problem before potential tragedy happens should be a priority for companies (especially car companies), whose products have the potential could cause serious injury or wrongful death if something goes wrong.  Our San Diego personal injury lawyers believe that defects are inevitable, but it’s important to correct the incorrection, correctly.

Call us now at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney and find out how we can help you.  We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case.  No fee if no recovery.

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