If you’re a Volkswagen owner, you should know that the car manufacturer has recalled almost 28,000 of it’s 2015-2016 vehicles due to a defective digital component that prevented the deployment of it’s vehicles’ airbags when involved in a car accident. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) this faulty digital component can also deploy the vehicle’s airbags without any crash or vehicular impact. In either case, this can cause unnecessary crashes or significant injury from failure to protect passengers.
As you can imagine, this is a major concern for Volkswagen owners and for the manufacturer as well. Luckily, a Volkswagen spokesperson has stated that there are no known crashes that have occurred due to this incorrectly firing digital component. Here’s what you need to know about the Volkswagen vehicles affected by this faulty software:
Which Vehicles Have Been Recalled?
The 2015 – 2016 Volkswagen CC sedans and the 2015-2016 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs are the vehicles affected by this defective airbag deployment. All CC sedans manufactured between May 2015 through December 2015 and all Tiguan SUVs manufactured between March 2015 through December 2015 are currently being recalled. Volkswagen will reinstall these vehicles’ computer software with a patch on the system’s failure to act as designed. If that does not resolve the issue, the manufacturer will replace the entire computer system of these vehicles at no cost to remedy the problem.
How Can I Contact Volkswagen & What Do I Need to Do?
Volkswagen owners that are affected by this recall can contact the manufacturer directly at 1 (800) 822 – 8987 after September 12, 2019 to schedule a time to update their vehicle’s safety features. When contacting Volkswagen, simply keep your VIN number and the recall number (69Z5) handy to provide your Volkswagen customer service representative.
Has Volkswagen Had Recalls in the Past?
This is not the first time the German car manufacturer has issued recalls on its vehicles. In fact, Volkswagen has recalled over 1.9 million vehicles in the last 5 years as well as nearly 80,000 Audis and Porsches that used Volkswagen parts. For a comprehensive look at all of the German manufacturer’s recalls, visit Kelly Blue Book here.
How To Determine If Your Vehicle Has A Manufacturer Recall
If you want to see if your vehicle of any make or model has a current recall, visit the NHTSA website here and enter your vehicle’s VIN. If your vehicle is under recall, we suggest you contact your manufacturer immediately.
Talk to a Car Accident Attorney if You Suffered Injuries from a Faulty Vehicle
Even the most careful drivers in our society unfortunately suffer injuries at the hands of car manufacturers’ faulty designs. Remember to check in with your manufacturer at least twice a year to determine if your vehicle is being recalled for safety reasons.