71,000 Volkswagen Jettas Recalled Because Honking Your Horn Shouldn't Shut Off Your Engine

If you have a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, you may not want to go around tooting your own horn — because it might just shut your engine off.

VW has recalled 71,000 model year 2011 Jetta sedans because a wiring error in the vehicle could bring your vehicle to a halt from just honking the horn.

From CNN:

Under certain rare circumstances using the horn could cause a short circuit that would, in turn, cause an electronic part called a converter box to disconnect from the car’s power supply, a VW spokeswoman said.

The converter box supplies power to various components, including the headlights, wipers and engine controller. Cutting off power to the engine controller shuts off the car’s engine.

Customers with questions or concerns should contact Volkswagen Customer Care at 800-822-8987.

Honk if you want to stop your 2011 Jetta [Chicago Breaking Business/CNN]

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