Volkswagen recalls some 2018 Atlas SUVs due to car seat issue

Volkswagen recalls some 2018 Atlas SUVs due to car seat issue

(WAFB) - Volkswagen is recalling more than 50,000 2018 Atlas vehicles because some child safety seats may not fit in the middle of the SUV's second row, according to Consumer Reports.

CR stated the wide base of some car seats may interfere with seat belt buckles in the second row and may even damage the buckles. The recall affects a total of 54,537 vehicles.

The report added a car seat with a base wider than 12.6 inches is installed in the second-row center seating position, it may damage the center and adjacent outboard seat belt buckles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It noted the limitation is not included in owner's manuals.

NHTSA said that VW dealers will inspect the center and left outboard seat-belt buckles and replace them if necessary, free of charge, according to Consumer Reports. The automaker will also provide an owner's manual supplement that addresses child safety and child restraints, the report added.

CR stated VW will reach out to owners of affected vehicles starting Aug. 3, 2018. Owners may call 800-893-5298.

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