2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen has issued unrelated recalls for the 2013-2014 Jetta Hybrid and the 2009-2011 Tiguan. The former suffers from a problem with its gearbox, which could cause the Jetta to stall in traffic. The latter has a problem with one of its fuses that could cause the Tiguan's exterior lights to go out, increasing the risk of an accident.
Combined, the two recalls affect nearly 66,000 Volkswagen vehicles.
2013-2014 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA HYBRID RECALL
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some Jetta Hybrids from the 2013 and 2014 model-years may have been shipped with a particularly corrosive form of gearbox oil. Over time, that oil can cause the gearbox to deteriorate, which can, in turn, cause an electrical short. If that happens, the Jetta Hybrid could experience a "stall-like condition".
The problem affects Jetta Hybrids built between October 2012 and October 2013 that were equipped with a DQ-200 direct-shift gearbox. NHTSA estimates that 3,837 vehicles are included in this recall.
Volkswagen says that it began sending out notices of the Jetta Hybrid recall last Friday, December 6. After owners receive those notices, they'll be able to take their vehicles to Volkswagen dealers, who will change out the gearbox oil with a non-corrosive version.
If you believe that you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions in the meantime, you're encourage to contact Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 and ask about recall #34F6/4V. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #13V568000.
2009-2011 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN RECALL
NHTSA says that the problem with the Tiguan stems from a dodgy electrical fuse -- specifically, the fuse associated with the exterior lights. NHTSA doesn't provide details about the fuse's critical flaw, saying only that it can melt the element that holds the fuse in place.
If that happens, the Tiguan could lose some or all exterior lighting. That would cause problems for the driver at night, in tunnels, and at other times, and it would also make the Tiguan harder for other drivers to see. Both situations increase the likelihood of an accident.
The problem affects 62,155 Tiguans manufactured between July 2007 and June 2011.
Volkswagen will begin issuing notices about the Tiguan recall later this month. Once owners receive those notices, they'll be able to take their Tiguans to Volkswagen dealers, who will install a different fuse, free of charge.
If you own a Tiguan and have questions about the recall, you should call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 and inquire about recall #97Z9/2V -- or, if you prefer, contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about campaign #13V569000.