2010 Volkswagen Tiguan NHTSA investigation PE13036

Volkswagen Preliminary Evaluation PE13036: Partial Loss of Exterior Lights

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan

Partial Loss of Exterior Lights

Electrical System
Electrical System:Fuses And Circuit Breakers
Exterior Lighting
Exterior Lighting:Back Up Lights
Exterior Lighting:Back Up Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Fog Lights
Exterior Lighting:Fog Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Hazard Flashing Warning Lights
Exterior Lighting:Hazard Flashing Warning Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Hazard Flashing Warning Lights:Unit
Exterior Lighting:Headlights
Exterior Lighting:Headlights:Concealment Devices
Exterior Lighting:Headlights:High/Low Beam Dimmer Switch
Exterior Lighting:Headlights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Tail Lights
Exterior Lighting:Tail Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Turn Signal
Exterior Lighting:Turn Signal:Flasher Unit
Exterior Lighting:Turn Signal:Switch

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America (VW) is conducting a safety recall of approximately 62,155 model year (MY) 2009-2011 Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles to address a partial loss of the exterior lighting (see NHTSA recall 13V-569 for more information).These vehicles' exterior lighting system is protected by two separate fuses contained in a fuse box located in the engine compartment.According to VW, high thermal cycling and soft-coated fuse coating material used at the F16 (also referred to as SB16) location causes movement between the fuse blade and socket, resulting in abrasions on the fuse coating material.This increases resistance and results in overheating of the fuse and disruption of electrical current flow to roughly half of the vehicle's exterior lighting circuits. Examples include loss of one of each of the following: low beam headlight, high beam headlight, brake light, and turn signal light involving the front and rear of the vehicle.VW has stated that the subject F16 fuse in the Tiguan model was used in several other Volkswagen models.According to VW, the temperature of the vehicle's engine and the fuse box varies by vehicle model.ODI found that the complaint and warranty rates for the MY 2009-2010 Tiguan are more than four times greater than that of MY 2009-2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedans.ODI is aware of VW's plan to take a service action of some, but not all, of the other vehicle models.The action will cover MY 2009-2010 Jetta sedan and MY 2009 GTI vehicles.ODI will monitor complaints to NHTSA on all other Volkswagen models equipped with the same subject fuse and take further action if warranted.The ODI reports cited above can be reviewed online at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID under the following identification numbers: 10362206, 10471503, 10490408, 10501271, 10504495, 10508638, 10512642, 10520573, 10521147, 10522909, 10523748, 10526032, 10534679, 10538004, 10538410, 10543629, 10544805, 10545540, 10547334, 10547530, 10547775, 10549584, 10550140, 10550903, 10551486, 10551503, 10551538, 10551776, 10551816, 10551848, 10551853, 10552153, 10552322, 10552740, 10552811, 10552866, 10553122, 10553299, 10554352, 10554441, 10554443, 10554730, 10554890, 10555047, 10555080, 10555527, 10555540, 10555988, 10556475, 10558014, 10559441, 10559447, 10561642, 10562693.
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Date Opened
NOV 04, 2013
Date Closed
FEB 28, 2014
NHTSA Recall #
13V569000
  • Status:
    RECALLED
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