2009-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Recalled for Fuel System Issue
More than 150,000 Units Affected
If you own a 2009-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV and have had it stall out on you, your vehicle may be subject to a recall covering 151,389 vehicles built from July 2007 through June 2014. The problem stems from the use of winterized fuel with higher vapor pressures being used in warmer areas or when the engine has become heat soaked.
The problem manifests itself when the vehicle is restarted shortly after prolonged low-load driving conditions, before the engine has had a chance to sufficiently cool. Deposits can collect on the in-tank fuel pump leading to an incorrect current reading, resulting in reduced fuel pump performance and pressure. Together, this can result in the vehicle stalling out under low loads, increasing the risk of a crash. No accidents or injuries have been reported in conjunction with the issue. Volkswagen became aware of the issue after higher-than-usual warranty claims.
Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail in August 2014, and an engine control module (ECM) re-flash will be performed at no charge to fix the issue. The recall code is 24AV/2W. Concerned owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to the VW recall page at www.vw.com/web/vw/recall/.