2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguan Recalled Because Exterior Lights May Not Work


  • 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Picture

    2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Picture

    Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 62,155 2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs because there may be a partial loss of exterior lighting due to a fuse problem. | December 16, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 62,155 2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs because there may be a partial loss of exterior lighting due to a fuse problem.
  • Volkswagen dealers will replace the fuse with a new hard-coated fuse.
  • The recall is expected to begin sometime in December.

WASHINGTON — Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 62,155 2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs because there may be a partial loss of exterior lighting due to a fuse problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Due to a problem with the fuse for the exterior lights, the holder for the fuse that controls the vehicle's exterior lights circuit may melt," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the holder melts, there may be a partial loss of exterior lighting.

"Reduced vehicle illumination diminishes the vehicle's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash."

The affected Tiguans were built from July 2007 through June 2011. Volkswagen told federal safety regulators that, as of June 2013, its quality analysis reported increasing failures of fuses in Tiguan vehicles.

"No report of open fire or severe component overheating was reported to Volkswagen," the company said in documentation filed with the federal government.

Volkswagen dealers will replace the fuse with a new hard-coated fuse. The recall is expected to begin sometime in December. Owners can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298.

Edmunds says: If you own a 2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguan, it's time to contact your dealer for further information.

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