Volkswagen recalls 700,000 SUVs over short circuit risk

Volkswagen recalls 700,000 SUVs over short circuit risk

Frankfurt am Main: German auto behemoth Volkswagen said Monday it was recalling 700,000 SUVs around the world, warning that lights built into their sunroofs risk short-circuiting if they become wet. The fault affects cars belonging to the current generation of the Tiguan and Touran models manufactured before July 5 this year, a spokesman for the firm told news agency DPA. Heat from a short-circuit could damage the roof and in extreme cases start a fire, German industry magazine Kfz-Betrieb reported…Read more on Economic Times: Auto

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124,000 electric and hybrid cars may be recalled by Volkswagen

 

Germany – Aug. 10, 2018 – More than 124,000 may be recalled from the Volkswagen, which also includes Audi and Porsche. The Volkswagen Group confirmed on Aug. 10, 2018, that they are working with the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to rectify the situation and provide solutions for moving forward. The default is potentially found in electric and hybrid cars. There is an ongoing investigation that a charger component in these vehicles may have poisonous cadmium present.

The Defect
Battery chargers in electric and hybrid VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles may have carcinogenic components that can affect the health and safety of consumers. Each battery in the vehicles has 0.008 grams of the material in question.

According to OSHA, cadmium was first discovered in Germany in 1817 and is commonly used in lithium-ion batteries. If exposed to direct cadmium, the metal is known to increase the risk for cancer and do damage to various body systems.

The KBA states that exposure is unlikely, as the cadmium is housed inside protective metal, which is inside another layer of additional material.

Timeline of Events
Between 2013 and June 2018, an unidentified supplier delivered batteries that were potentially to be used by Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche in Germany. By July 20, the Wolfsberg Group, a non-governmental association of 13 global banks, flagged the issue and alerted authorities to the problem.

As of July 2018, production of future vehicles with the cadmium component was halted immediately until a resolution can be reached. The charger part has since been replaced with a cadmium-free component.

The Solution
Affected drivers and vehicle owners are said to not be directly in danger from this potential recall, according to the Wolfsberg Group.

Spokespeople from VW are working toward a final confirmation that these vehicles will be recalled from manufacturers and customers. Although the recall seems to be international and focused in Germany, U.S. owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Recall Alert

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Recall Alert

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Volkswagen Golf, SportWagen rollaway recall affects 33,000 cars

Volkswagen Golf, SportWagen rollaway recall affects 33,000 cars

Volkswagen is recalling 33,168 vehicles because drivers could inadvertently remove the car when the transmission is not in “Park,” potentially allowing rollaway accidents and violating the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards rule 104. The recall affects versions of the 2015-2018 Golf and Golf SportWagen equipped with automatic transmissions.

The problem stems from microswitches that are supposed to detect the position of the ignition switch and prevent the key from being removed…Read more on cnet.com/roadshow

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Mazda recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2018 – Mazda North American Operations has recalled almost 270,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective Takata air bag assemblies, according to documentation given to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign involves multiple models, including:

  • 2003-2008 Mazda Mazda6 sedans produced between May 29, 2002, and May 5, 2008.
  • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6 performance sedans produced between June 1, 2005, and June 29, 2007.
  • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV station wagons produced between Aug. 20, 2003, and April 28, 2008.

The Japanese automaker suspects just 1 percent of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain air bag assemblies featuring Takata air bag inflators with ammonium nitrate-based propellant that is susceptible to degradation when exposed to high heat or humidity. In the event that propellant breakdown does occur, the inflator may explode upon air bag deployment, sending metal shards flying throughout the vehicle cabin. This defect therefore poses great danger to occupants.

The Takata air bag assemblies involved in this action are part of a larger recall campaign stretching back more than five years and involving 37 million vehicles across a dozen or so brands, according to the NHTSA. The agency has linked 23 deaths and more than 300 injuries to these components.

Timeline of Events

The NHTSA and Takata met May 4, 2016, to discuss the possibility of recalling vehicles with non-desiccated phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate front air bag inflators. These models had not been included previous recall campaigns. The two parties ultimately decided to recall these vehicles. Almost two weeks later, the air bag vendor submitted an official defect information report to the NHTSA.

On May 17, 2018, Takata informed Mazda of the forthcoming action. Members of the Mazda Quality Audit Committee convened a day after this communication and chose to conduct a recall campaign that included a number of models equipped with PSAN inflators. Dealers managed to install temporary replacements in all of these vehicles.

On June 15, 2018, permanent replacement air bag inflators became available, prompting the automaker to issue another recall.

The car company informed dealers of the recall July 3, 2018, according to a notification email submitted to the NHTSA.

The Solution

Mazda has directed dealers to replace the air bag inflators in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. The vehicle manufacturer intended to reach out to owners via first-class mail by July 6, 2018.

Those in need of additional assistance can speak with Mazda customer service personnel by calling (800) 222-5500 and selecting option four. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 2618F. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 10, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 800 vehicles potentially equipped with defective air bag assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2018 Volkswagen Atlas sport utility vehicles produced between April 18, 2018, and May 3, 2018, along with 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs manufactured between March 10, 2018, and May 19, 2018.

The German automaker is unsure just how many of the vehicles actually contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected models feature frontal air bag assemblies that may unfold improperly or tear during deployment. This defect drastically increases the likelihood of injury in the event of an accident and therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic components to any collisions or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On April 17, 2018, Key Safety Systems of Mexico, an air bag supplier, informed Volkswagen of Mexico that some of its shipped assemblies failed to pass conformity of product tests. The vendor initiated root cause internal analysis following this communication.

On May 7, 2018, members of the Volkswagen of Mexico Preproduct Safety Committee convened to evaluate the issue. The group decided that further analysis was required and referred the matter to its global counterpart, the Volkswagen AG Preproduct Safety Committee.

Nine days later, the Volkswagen AG PPSC received a report that revealed vehicles assembled at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee had been equipped with seemingly defective air bags. This prompted the Volkswagen of Mexico Product Safety Group to intervene on May 17, 2018. This group, in conjunction its global peer, decided on May 30, 2018, that the defect posed a serious hazard to occupants and therefore warranted a voluntary safety recall.

The Solution

Volkswagen will direct dealers to replace the frontal air bags in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker intends to inform dealers of the forthcoming action Aug. 2, 2018, and reach out to owners via first-class mail Aug. 3, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the recall can reach Volkswagen customer service by calling (800) 893-5298. Callers should use the internal recall reference codes 69W8 and 69W9. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA through its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 5, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 2,500 vehicles potentially equipped with defective air bag assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models, including:

  • 2003 Volkswagen EuroVan and EuroVan Camper minivans produced between July 15, 2002, and Aug. 21, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen EuroVan Chassis produced between July 22, 2002, and Aug. 13, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks produced between Oct. 29, 20002, and Dec. 18, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen Jetta sedans produced between Aug. 14, 2002, and Sept. 28, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wagons produced between July 25, 2002, and Aug. 10, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat sedans produced between June 27, 2002, and Sept. 5, 2002.

The German automaker suspects all of the models named in the recall contain the defective safety features.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain front air bag assemblies with inflators prone to humidity-driven propellant deterioration. In the event that this phenomenon occurs, the metal inflator my explode during air bag deployment, sending shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle cabin. The defect therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive field reports connecting the defective air bag components to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

In November 2017, Volkswagen, in partnership with its air bag supplier, the ZF Group, launched an investigation following an apparent inflator rupture in the Chinese market. The inquiry revealed that such an event had not unfolded. However, the two companies decided to conduct further tests in house to assess the potential for inflator rupture. These analyses, which began in January 2018 and concluded in March 2018, revealed that humidity-related propellant deterioration was possible. This prompted the ZF Group to launch its own series of tests.

Soon after the vendor initiated its internal inquiry, it received word of another possible inflator rupture. The parts installed in the vehicles were from a suspect lot produced in 2002. This allowed Volkswagen and the ZF Group to narrow down the population of affected vehicles.

The Volkswagen Pre Product Safety Committee reviewed the matter May 14, 2018, and requested additional information. Following the delivery of this data, the issue was passed to the Product Safety Committee, whose members determined on June 6, 2018, that a voluntary recall campaign was necessary.

The Solution

Volkswagen will direct dealers to replace the frontal air bag inflators in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker intends to notify both dealers and owners of the forthcoming Aug. 12, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the recall can reach out to Volkswagen customer service personnel by calling (800) 893-5298. They can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective brake components

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 5, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 10,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective brake components, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects models across multiple brands, including:

  • 2018 Audi Q5 sport utility vehicles produced between March 20, 2018, and May 12, 2018.
  • 2018 Audi SQ5 performance sport utility vehicles produced between March 20, 2018, and May 11, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Atlas sport utility vehicles produced between April 9, 2018, and June 4, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Beetle sedans and convertibles produced between March 21, 2018, and May 16, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen GTI hatchbacks produced between March 21, 2018, and May 23, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks produced between March 21, 2018, and May 25, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen sedans produced between March 21, 2018, and May 23, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat sedans March 21, 2018, and May 16, 2018.

The German automaker unsure how many of the recalled vehicles actually contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain brake caliber pistons with flawed chrome coating. This defect may allow gas bubbles to form within the braking system, ultimately inhibiting brake performance. Consequently, the problematic coating poses a serious safety hazard for occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On May 17, 2018, Volkswagen engineers at an assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee came across multiple finished vehicles with low or soft brake pedals. This finding forced the vehicle manufacturer to stop shipment immediately and initiate an official investigation. Twenty four hours later, Volkswagen initiated a stop-shipment order for in-transit vehicles.

Then, on May 21, 2018, Kelsey-Hayes Company, the vendor that supplied the problematic brake calibers, informed Volkswagen that some of its brake calibers were not properly coated. Following this revelation, the Volkswagen Product Safety Committee reviewed the issue and decided to halt the sale of all vehicles potentially equipped with the defective parts.

Over this time, Audi engineering teams also discovered newly manufactured vehicles with low or soft braking systems. Audi launched a stop-sale initiative June 1, 2018.

Members of the Volkswagen PSC reconvened June 29, 2018, and chose to initiate a voluntary safety recall campaign.

The Solution

The German automaker will direct dealers to inspect the braking systems installed in affected vehicles and, if necessary, bleed them free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. Volkswagen intends to notify dealers of the forthcoming action July 30, 2018, and reach out to customers via first-class mail July 31, 2018. However, owners in need of assistance prior to the official start of the recall can speak with Volkswagen customer service personnel by calling (800) 893-5298. They can also connect directly with the NHTSA via its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

 

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective seat belts

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 3, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 54,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective seat belts, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2018 Volkswagen Atlas sport utility vehicles produced between Nov. 17, 21016, and June 5, 2018. The German automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain second-row, bench-seat buckles that may release unexpectedly following prolonged contact with child safety seats and resulting damage. This defect poses a serious safety hazard to passengers. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic parts to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

A Volkswagen employee in May 2017 spotted a vehicle with damaged second-row seat belt buckles. Initially, the automaker treated this as an isolated incident. However, throughout September and October 2017, Volkswagen received multiple field reports referencing vehicles with damaged second-row seat belt buckles. This prompted the car manufacturers to launch internal tests to discover the root cause. Engineers equipped test vehicles with various child safety harnesses and were able to replicate the damage outlined in the field reports.

On April 18, 2018, members of the Volkswagen Pre-Product Safety Committee reviewed the matter and requested more information. The Product Safety Committee then evaluated the potential issue May 30, 2018, and determined that the defect posed a serious hazard to passengers and therefore warranted a voluntary safety recall.

The Solution

Volkswagen will direct dealers to inspect the recalled vehicles and install replacement buckles if necessary, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. The automaker will also distribute new owners manuals detailing modified child safety seat installation procedures. Volkswagen intends to notify dealers Aug. 2, 2018, and reach out to owners via first-class mail Aug. 3, 2018. Owners in need of more immediate assistance can contact Volkswagen customer service personnel at (800) 893-5298. Callers should use the internal recall campaign reference code 69X1. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection systems

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 2, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled almost 140,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective passenger occupant detection systems, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The recall affects multiple models across the Audi brand, including:

  • 2012-2018 Audi A6 sedans produced between April 4, 2011, and April 30, 2018.
  • 2012-2018 Audi A7 sedans produced between Jan. 27, 2011, and April 6, 2018.
  • 2014-2018 Audi RS7 sedans produced between July 25, 2013, and April 4, 2018.
  • 2013-2018 Audi S6 sedans produced between June 25, 2012, and April 26, 2018.
  • 2013-2018 Audi S7 sedans produced between June 27, 2012, and March 23, 2018.

The German automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain PODS with control modules that are prone to overstress and failure. In the event that this occurs, the PODS system may not deploy passenger air bags during collisions. As a result, this defect poses a serious hazard to passengers. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Volkswagen on Sept. 14, 2016, initiated an internal investigation after an active field monitoring program centered on the PODS modules indicated increased failure rates. Between October 2016 and April 2017, the automaker investigated the issue. Then, in December 2017, the car manufacturer requested engineering staff to develop potential solutions and called for a life-time field monitoring initiative.

The Audi Product Safety Committee reviewed the matter in January 2018. The group then re-evaluated the issue May 28, 2018, and decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

The Solution

Volkswagen will direct dealers to install PODS repair kits in affected models free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker intends to notify both dealers and owners July 31, 2018. Owners in need of more immediate assistance can contact Audi customer service personnel at (800) 253-2834. Callers should use the internal recall campaign identification code 74D5. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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