Volkswagen recalls over 45,000 vehicles with risk of injury to children

Auburn Hills, MI – September 24, 2021 – Volkswagen  (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) – which owns the Audi brand – has recalled 45,496 cars to rectify a problem with the child restraint system related to faulty seat belts. The issue can increase the risk of injury to a child in an accident.

The rather long list of affected models includes nearly every offering in the company’s 2021 Audi portfolio, and the VW ID.4. Here are some of the models affected:

  • 2021 Audi A4
  • 2021 Audi A5
  • 2021 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • 2021 Audi A6
  • 2021 Audi A6 allroad
  • 2021 Audi SQ7
  • 2021 Audi SQ8
  • 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

You can see the full list here

Recall summary

There are two ways to secure a child seat:

The recalled vehicles have been fitted with faulty ALRs that may allow the seat belts to come loose after they are locked which would result in the child seat moving around.

Recall risks

If the child seat is not secured properly, the child can get injured if there is an accident or even a hard stop.

There is no risk if the LATCH system is used to secure the seat instead.

Warning signs

Parents may realize that the ALR is not working if the clicking noise made when it is activated stops before the seat belt is fully retracted.

Background of the recall

As reported, this is part of an ongoing series of recalls brought upon by faulty seat belts supplied by Swedish-American supplier Autoliv. The affected component is the “seat belt assembly” of the middle-rear seat with multiple part numbers, including 4M0857807AV04 and 4M8857807AV04. You can read more about a BMW recall caused by the same issue here.

Other Volkswagen and Audi recalls

There was an Audi Q5 recall in May of this year Volkswagen recalled 40,993 vehicles over a suspension issue. Some of the company’s high performance models like the 2021 Audi RS6 Avant, and the RS Q8 were also recalled. 

A quick VW recall check on our site will also bring up results of one for the 2021 VW ID.4, where multiple units were recalled for misadjusted headlights.

The repair

Dealers will change the affected seat belt assembly and, if required, the seat belt, free of charge.

Owners will be notified on October 1, 2021.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

Over 45,000 Audi cars are affected by this recall. To find out if your vehicle is a part of this Audi recall, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volkswagen recalls Taos SUVs over risk of stalling

Auburn Hills, MI – September 22, 2021  – Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) has recalled 5,087 vehicles that may stall, increasing the risk of an injury or a crash. This recall is limited to 2022 VW Taos “equipped with all-wheel drive.” 

The Volkswagen Engine Control Unit (ECU ) – which controls engine operations –   is the cause of the recall.

Recall summary  

VW Taos vehicles involved in the recall run ECU software that controls the engine cooling system. 

For reasons that are not currently known, the ECU may cause the engine to shut off when coming to a stop. The ECUs that may exhibit such behavior have part numbers  05E.906.013.C and 05E.906.013.F. 

Recall risks

Although the driver should be able to restart the vehicle immediately after stalling, situations like this are still potentially dangerous to both its occupants and other motorists, especially if they happen in high-speed or dense traffic conditions. For tips on what to do in the event of an engine stall, please see our coverage of a similar Ford recall.

Other VW recalls

The same 2022 Volkswagen Taos vehicles may also be affected by a separate VW recall due to a risk of engine fire.

In September, older Audi vehicles were recalled because of potentially deadly Takata airbags which may explode and flung sharp metal fragments at the car occupants.

The repair

To resolve the issue, dealers will update the ECU with a software version that is not prone to such issues.  Notifications about the repair will be sent to vehicle owners on October 5, 2021.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This VW recall includes more than 11,000 vehicles. To check for this and other VW recalls, use  MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volkswagen recalls more than 3,000 vehicles with misadjusted headlights

Auburn Hills, MI – June 22, 2021– Volkswagen  (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) has recalled 3,231 electric vehicles with headlights that may not have been properly adjusted.  The issue can “increase glare”, especially during nighttime driving, which increases the risk of a crash and injury. 

This recall concerns a blocking cap with part 8W0.941.041 and includes certain 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 SUVs

Recall summary  

Due to a supplier error, the headlights of these recalled vehicles were assembled incorrectly.  Normally, there is a cap inside that blocks the headlights from being adjusted horizontally. The cars that are being recalled had this cap placed in the wrong place, allowing for horizontal adjustment.

Risks

A headlight whose horizontal aim is out of alignment will result in reduced visibility for the driver and may even blind oncoming motorists in certain situations. 

Other Volkswagen recalls

In a similar recall in 2019, Volkswagen had to repair more than 650,000 Passat cars and Atlas SUVs that also had misaligned headlights

The repair

To fix the issue, Volkswagen authorized dealers will check the headlights on affected vehicles and determine how they were assembled. In case the blocking caps are improperly fitted, dealers will re-install blocking caps at the correct position. Owners will be notified on July 30.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Volkswagen headlight recall includes more than 3,000 compact electric vehicles made during 2021. It is not clear if the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is part of the recall. To do a VW recall check, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volkswagen recalls Atlas vehicles for steering issue

Auburn Hills, MI – February 23, 2021 – Volkswagen AG (NASDAQ:VWAGY) has recalled 10,303 vehicles, due to a manufacturing error that may cause the front steering knuckles – which is what allows the wheels to turn – to fracture, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall includes 2021 VW Atlas SUVs and 2020-2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vehicles. The affected component’s part number is 3QF.407.255.E-256.

Recall summary  

Steering knuckles – also known as spindles – connect the car’s wheels to the suspension and steering components. Each front wheel has their own knuckle. Because of a supplier error, one or both of the front steering knuckles may fracture, and the driver may lose control of the vehicle.

Risks 

If the knuckles fracture while the vehicle is moving, the driver may immediately lose control, which greatly increases the risk of a crash. Without the ability to steer properly, the driver may hit other vehicles, stationary objects or a pedestrian. 

Other recalls, lawsuit

The 2020 Atlas SUV has been recalled for front seat frame, improperly aligned headlights, tires and rearview camera issues. In March of 2020, Volkswagen was the subject of a class action lawsuit regarding warranties on the Atlas and other vehicles.

VW’s Atlas 2021 cars are not subject to any additional recalls.

The repair

To fix the VW recall issue, dealers will need to inspect and possibly replace both steering knuckles. The repair is free of charge. Owners will be notified on March 26.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 10,300 vehicles are included in this recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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