Volkswagen has announced a recall of Tiguan SUVs from the 2009-2014 model years. The recall affects some 189,000 vehicles, 151,000 of which are registered in the U.S.
According to Detroit News, the Tiguan's problems stem from an electrical flaw in the SUV's fuel pump that could cause the vehicle to stall. Specifically, the pump's wiring may become degraded over time thanks to deposits left by gasoline. The deposits appear heaviest when winter-blend gasoline is used in warmer climates, causing gas bubbles.
If enough deposits accumulate, the fuel pump may not be able to operate, causing the Tiguan to stall. Though that's most likely to happen soon after the vehicle has been started (while it's still moving fairly slowly), any stall increases the risk of a crash.
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Volkswagen says that it will begin notifying owners of the recall by August 19. After receiving the recall notice, owners will be able to take their Tiguans to VW dealers, who will perform a software upgrade that should boost pressure in the fuel pump, eliminating deposits.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to contact Volkswagen customer service at 800-822-8987.