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Volkswagen recalls 143,000 Atlas SUVs over glitch related to air bag

Owners should not let anyone sit in the front passenger seat until the affected vehicles are fixed, according to the recall notice.
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A row of 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SUVs at a dealership in Lakewood, Colo. David Zalubowski / AP file

Volkswagen of America announced Tuesday it is recalling more than 143,000 Atlas SUVs over a faulty front passenger seat detection system.

According to the manufacturer, the wiring in some of the vehicles’ front passenger detection systems may be faulty, resulting in a deactivated air bag that will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the front seat passenger.

The recall affects select model year 2018-2021 Atlas and 2020 Atlas Cross Sport vehicles.

Owners should not allow anyone to sit in the front passenger seat until a free recall repair is developed and completed, Volkswagen said. It is currently developing a remedy and will notify affected owners as soon as the repair is available.