Approximately 62,000 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs and nearly 4000 Jetta Hybrid models are being recalled. Tiguan models are being recalled for a lighting issue, while Jetta Hybrid models are being recalled for an issue with the dual-clutch transmission.
“Volkswagen considers the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers as a top priority,” the automaker said in a statement. “As such, Volkswagen of America today notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will be issuing two voluntary recalls.”
The Problem: A fuse may trip in certain Tiguan SUV models resulting in a loss of one of the two vehicle light circuits, and causing individual light functions to fail. Not all of the exterior lighting will be lost if the fuse trips, with some lights remaining on all around the vehicle. A message on the instrument cluster will notify the driver if the fuse trips. No crashes or injuries have been reported relating to the issue.
The Fix: In December, Volkswagen will begin notifying owners to bring their affected vehicles to a dealer where the fuse will be replaced by a new hard-coated fuse.
Number of Potentially Affected Vehicles: The recall affects approximately 62,155 U.S.-market Volkswagen Tiguan crossovers from the 2009-2011 model years.
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
The Problem: Electric malfunctions could occur in the gearbox power supply of the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid sedan’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission if synthetic oil is used. The issue is more prevalent in hot and humid climates with lots of stop-and-go driving.
The Fix: Starting in December, Volkswagen will notify owners to bring their affected vehicles to a dealer where the existing synthetic gearbox oil will be replaced with a new mineral-based oil with non-corrosive additives.
Number of Potentially Affected Vehicles: 3836 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid sedans from the 2013-2014 model years are affected.