Volkswagen Tiguan Vehicles Subject of New NHTSA Investigation

Volkswagen Tiguan Vehicles Subject of New NHTSA Investigation
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November 8, 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into certain model year 2009-2011 Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles.

NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 26 consumer complaints alleging a partial or complete loss of the vehicle's exterior lights. The reports suggest the problem worsens over time with additional exterior lighting malfunctioning as the problem progresses.

Most of the complaints report finding an overheated and melted fuse in the under-hood fuse box. The overheated 30-amp fuse (number F16 or SB16) protects, among other things, several exterior lighting circuits.

ODI has opened this Preliminary Evaluation to evaluate the scope, frequency and consequence of the alleged defect. Upon the conclusion of this initial investigation, ODI will decide what additional steps need to be taken. This could include further investigation, or a safety recall of all affected Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles.

If you own a Volkswagen Tiguan and have experienced similar problems, you are encouraged to file a complaint.