Volkswagen Recalls SUVs with Defective Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Underinflated tires increase the risk of a crash

Volkswagen Recalls SUVs with Defective Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
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May 17, 2016

Owners of Volkswagen SUVs may be unknowingly driving on underinflated tires.

Volkswagen has announced that it is recalling certain model year 2016 Touareg vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) may be improperly calibrated and, as a result, the TPMS may fail to warn the driver that the tire pressure is low. Additionally, the tire pressures printed on the Safety Certification labels are incorrect.

As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems."

If the vehicle is driven on underinflated tires, the tires may suddenly fail, increasing the risk of a crash.

The company believes that about 370 vehicles are affected by this issue.

Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will correct the TPMS settings and replace the safety certification label, free of charge. The recall began on May 13, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Volkswagen customer service at (800) 893-5298.