2018 Volkswagen Tiguan recalled over fire risk

Volkswagen is recalling 45,457 of its 2018 Tiguan SUVs because decorative LED lighting in the vehicle’s panoramic sunroof may short-circuit and cause a fire.

Owners who notice a burning odor or smoke coming from the front of the sunroof frame should not open the sunroof or continue driving, VW says, because that will increase the risk of a fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says two incidents were reported to the automaker because of this problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs with panoramic sunroofs manufactured from Dec. 8, 2016, through July 8, 2018.

The problem: High humidity in the panoramic sunroof LED lighting module can lead to a short-circuit, which could cause a fire, NHTSA says.

The fix: Dealers will disconnect the LED light module from its power supply and apply aluminum tape. The LED lights will no longer illuminate after this repair, but NHTSA says that the feature will be safely reactivated after a future additional service campaign.

How to contact the manufacturer: The recall will begin on or before Sept. 11, 2018. Owners of affected vehicles can contact Volkswagen at 800-893-5298.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V-467. Volkswagen’s own recall number is 60D1.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan recalled for sunroof risk