Approximately 2,400 model-year 2005-18 Volkswagen Jetta sedans, model-year 2007-10 Jetta GLI sedans, and model-year 2012-17 Beetle hatchbacks equipped with Duralast brake master cylinders sold as aftermarket replacement parts by Motor Parts of America (MPA) are being recalled because the master cylinders may cause a complete loss of braking. The crimping of the aluminum housing may be insufficient, allowing the master cylinder piston to pop out of the housing, potentially causing the loss of brakes and increasing the risk of a crash. Prior to total master cylinder failure, the driver may experience some loss of braking power due to brake fluid leaking from the master cylinder.

MPA did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule but did say that the replacement cylinder should be available after Oct. 1. Owners can call MPA at 833-758-0239, email MPA at recall@motorcarparts.com, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

If your vehicle is equipped with the recalled master cylinder, you can return the cylinder to an AutoZone store for a full refund or exchange the cylinder for a redesigned replacement part. If the recalled part was installed in your Volkswagen by a professional installer, MPA will reimburse your for the charges up to $178.50 for a VW Beetle and $110.50 for a VW Jetta.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.