Recall Roundup: Volkswagen and BMW

By | December 16, 2013
Volkswagen and BMW have announced recalls on certain models, including the 2009-2011 Tiguan, 2013-2014 Jetta, and the 2006-2007 3 Series, 2006-2007 5 Series, 2006 7 Series, and 2005 X5, respectively. The Volkswagen recalls are expected to begin this month, while BMW is pushing its recall until March 2014, as parts are currently unavailable. The first Volkswagen recall has been issued for Tiguan models with issues relating to the fuse for the exterior lights. The holder for this fuse may melt, which can result in a partial loss of exterior lighting. This would reduce visibility for the driver and increase the chances of an accident. Volkswagen is also recalling select Jetta models equipped with a Dq-200 direct-shift gearbox. Thanks to gearbox fluid additives, the control box may corrode and cause an electrical short resulting in a stall-like condition. A sudden loss of power while driving increased the likelihood of an accident.
For BMW, the automaker is recalling almost every 2006-2007 3 Series and 5 Series and just a few 7 Series and X5 models. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat may fatigue and develop cracks, leading to failure. If this were to happen in the event of an accident, the front passenger airbag would be deactivated, causing further injury to the front passenger. Both automakers will contact owners directly and dealers will fix all issues at no cost to the owner. Owners can contact Volkswagen by phone at (800) 893-5298 with recall number 97Z9/2V for the Tiguan models and recall number 34F6/4V for the Jetta models. BMW can be contacted by phone at (800) 525-7417 or by email at Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or online at Source: NHTSA