Following a nearly three-year investigation into a driver’s side seat belt issue, Volkswagen has decided to recall over 10,000 Tiguan SUVs from the 2018 model year.
The driver’s side seat belts on 2018 models tore completely during crash testing conducted as a part of the National Highway Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program. In response to these findings, Volkswagen wrote in a letter that it had no awareness of real-world examples of seatbelts failing in this way, nor had it been able to repeat these findings in subsequent tests.
Despite no further examples of this flaw being found, the automaker has issued a recall for certain 2018 vehicles. The vehicles included in this recall have seat belt assemblies that were created in the same batch as the torn belts from the NHTSA’s testing. The owners of affected Tiguan SUVs can bring their vehicle to Volkswagen dealers for a free replacement, beginning in January.
Is Your Vehicle Affected By This Recall?
If you have not received a notification from Volkswagen, you can check for current recalls on your vehicle by logging onto the NHTSA website and entering your 17-digit number. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 2OV724; Volkswagen’s own number for the recall is 69BH. You can reach out to the manufacturer directly by contacting their customer service line: 1-800-893-5298.
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