Feds Probe 2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguan After Complaints of Loss of Exterior Lights


  • 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Picture

    2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 61,000 2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguans following consumer complaints about a partial or complete loss of exterior lights. | November 08, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 61,000 2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguans following consumer complaints about a partial or complete loss of exterior lights.
  • Federal safety regulators say they have received 26 complaints about the Tiguan's exterior lights.
  • Most of the complaints report finding an overheated and melted fuse in the under-hood fuse box, NHTSA said.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 61,000 2009-'11 Volkswagen Tiguans following consumer complaints about a partial or complete loss of exterior lights.

Federal safety regulators say they have received 26 complaints about the Tiguan's exterior lights. No injuries, crashes or fatalities have been linked to the probe.

"The reports suggest the problem worsens over time with additional exterior lighting malfunctioning as the problem progresses," said NHTSA in its summary of the investigation. "Most of the complaints report finding an overheated and melted fuse in the under-hood fuse box. The overheated 30-amp fuse protects, among other things, several exterior lighting circuits."

A preliminary evaluation into the matter has been opened by federal safety regulators. Such an action sometimes precedes a recall, but the Tiguan has not been recalled at this point.

A Volkswagen of America spokesman told Edmunds, "Volkswagen is passionately committed to building the safest vehicles available to the public. Volkswagen is aware of the new NHTSA inquiry and will fully comply with the agency on this investigation regarding the alleged concern on 2009-2011 MY VW Tiguan vehicles."

Edmunds says: There's not much that consumers can do at this point, except to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work.

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