- Volkswagen is recalling 151,389 2009-'14 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs because of a fuel system problem that could lead to stalling.
- Volkswagen dealers will update the vehicle's software to increase the fuel pump pressure.
- The recall is expected to begin on August 19.
WASHINGTON — Volkswagen is recalling 151,389 2009-'14 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs because of a fuel system problem that could lead to stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"When using winterized fuel, in certain conditions bubbles may form in the fuel system which could result in the vehicle stalling," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash."
Volkswagen said in a statement that no accidents or injuries have been reported.
The company became aware of the problem when increasing warranty rates were detected starting in February.
"The condition occurs when the engine is restarted within a short period of time, before the engine has fully cooled down," Volkswagen told federal safety regulators. "When the vehicles affected by this recall have been operated under low load for an extended period of time, deposits may collect and degrade the electrical current flow inside the in-tank fuel pump, leading to reduced fuel pump performance and pressure.
"If these conditions occur in combination, the fuel pump may not be able to overcome the vapor pressure under low loads and can potentially result in a vehicle stall directly after engine start."
Volkswagen dealers will update the vehicle's software to increase fuel pump pressure. The recall is expected to begin on August 19. Owners can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.
Edmunds says: This Volkswagen Tiguan recall begins soon. If you own one, it's time to set up an appointment with your dealer.