The Volkswagen CC and Tiguan are being recalled in a new safety campaign on this side of the Atlantic Ocean due to a potential problem with their airbags.
Unrelated to the Takata scandal, the recall has been announced due to the airbag Electronic Control Unit made by ZF, which could have a faulty power supply capacitor.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that, in some cases, the airbag could deactivate, signaled by the warning light in the dashboard, or might even deploy without warning. In both cases, occupants could face serious injury or death.
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Neither Volkswagen nor the agency said if they are aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue, which affects an estimated 1 percent of the 27,822 vehicles involved in the safety campaign. These include 2015-2016 Tiguans made from March 12 to December 19, 2015, (25,239 units) and 2015-2016 CCs (the Arteon’s predecessor) put together between May 6 and December 17, 2015 (2,583 units).
The automaker will start getting in touch with owners soon. Their cars will be fixed by authorized technicians, who will install a new software and replace the airbag ECU, as required, at no charge. The safety watchdog estimates that the recall will begin on September 13.
The chronology of this safety campaign goes back to September 2017, when the first information came from one case in the field. In January 2018, ZF presented analysis of the case and started conducting further tests the next month. Two more reports came in May and September. After the analysis concluded, it was presented in the VW Product Safety Committee last month, and it was there that the decision to conduct a recall was taken.