Volkswagen SUV Recall Announced After Driver Complaints to U.S. Agency

Volkswagen introduced Friday a recall for a whole lot of 1000’s of autos in Canada and the U.S. due to a slight delay within the deployment of the facet airbags brought on by defective wiring harnesses, which may additionally make the SUVs brake unexpectedly.

Dozens of individuals had reported the issue to U.S. security regulators, saying the braking drawback would generally occur whereas in site visitors. Many stated that warning lights and alarms would go off and that the motive force’s facet home windows would roll down because the automobile all of a sudden braked.

A Volkswagen spokesperson advised Newsweek in an announcement that the recall is for the airbag drawback however a facet impact is surprising braking.

The recall is for Atlas SUVs from 2019 by way of 2023, in addition to the Atlas Cross Sport from 2020 by way of 2023, based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Approximately 222,892 SUVs are being recalled.

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Volkswagen is recalling greater than 222,000 SUVs within the U.S. and Canada as a result of a wiring harness drawback could make them brake unexpectedly. Above, a brand new Volkswagen Golf 6 at a manufacturing facility in Wolfsburg, Germany, on February 25, 2011.
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The NHTSA’s security recall report stated electrical contacts on a wiring harness might corrode within the entrance doorways, which may disrupt {the electrical} connection. The drawback may cause the facet airbags to deploy late in a crash, rising the danger of harm, and in addition roll down the home windows and ship warning messages relating to a defective door sensor. Additionally, automobiles touring at speeds slower than 1.8 mph can unexpectedly brake.

“The parking brake was engaged automatically while driving. The car came to a sudden stop, creating a hazard with traffic. There were no warning lamps or bells. At this point the vehicle has not yet been inspected by the dealer,” the NHTSA stated concerning the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas recall.

However, many individuals who complained to the NHTSA stated the surprising braking occurred whereas they have been touring at a lot sooner speeds on metropolis streets. A driver from Ohio wrote in a grievance that the braking occurred quite a few instances between speeds of 25 to 70 miles per hour, sooner than what Volkswagen’s paperwork instructed, based on the Associated Press.

Another driver complained that her 2021 Atlas Cross Sport tried to cease a number of instances whereas she was driving, the AP reported. This would typically occur because the car was decelerating. The driver stated she was almost rear-ended by one other car whereas coming into a roundabout, and he or she additionally stated the SUV braked whereas exiting a freeway.

“The remedy is currently under development,” the spokesperson stated. “Volkswagen expects owner notification letters informing owners of the safety risk to be mailed by May 10, 2022. A notice will be sent once the remedy becomes available.”

Meanwhile, in February Tesla recalled 578,607 autos, affecting 4 fashions, as a result of they posed a possible hazard to pedestrians. The firm additionally recalled one other 53,822 autos in the identical month as a result of the self-driving automobiles might disregard cease indicators.

Also in February, Kia recalled greater than 10,000 automobiles within the U.S. for security considerations over defective airbags. Circuit injury might deactivate the airbags, inflicting them to not deploy in a crash.

Update 03/18/22, 4 p.m. ET: This story was up to date with an announcement from Volkswagen in addition to further background and knowledge.

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