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Volkswagen Tiguan Poses Fire Hazard

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Product Liability

Volkswagen Tiguan is a popular compact SUV. Unfortunately, 45,457 of its 2018 models have recently been recalled. The recalled models pose a fire hazard and are therefore unsafe to drive.

If you have been injured because of the Volkswagen Tiguan recall or any other recall, you should contact our experienced Chicago product liability lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We may be able to help you collect compensation for your damages. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.

Why Do Affected Volkswagen Tiguan Models Pose a Fire Hazard?

The Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles involved in this recall feature decorative LED lighting in their panoramic sunroofs. These panoramic sunroofs may short-circuit due to high humidity and eventually cause a fire. Any owner who notices a burning smell or smoke coming from the front of the sunroom frame should refrain from opening the sunroof and stop driving. Opening the sunroof or continuing to drive the vehicle will raise the risk of a fire.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were two reported incidents of the Tiguan causing a fire. To resolve this recall, Volkswagen dealers will disconnect the LED light module from its power supply and add aluminum tape. Although this repair will prevent the LED lights from illuminating, the NHTSA explains that the feature will be reactivated after another service campaign.

Is My Volkswagen Tiguan Involved in the Recall?

If you own a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, you may be wondering whether your vehicle is affected by this recall. Volkswagen began the recall around September 11, 2018 so if your vehicle is involved, you should have received a formal notice in the mail. If you did not receive a notice, you may plug in your-digit Vehicle Identification Number on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. This will allow you to find out whether your vehicle has any open recalls that you need to address.

Examples of Potential Auto Defects

Every component of a vehicle may be impacted by a defect and lead to a recall. Several examples of the most common potential auto defects include:

  • Defective airbags: One of the most important safety components in a vehicle are its airbags. When they are not functioning properly, they may injure the face or neck or hurt rather than help a vehicle occupant in the event of an accident.
  • Defective child seats: In Illinois and other states, young children must be secured in car seat when they are in a vehicle. Harness and latch issues and hazardous padding material may all lead to serious injuries.
  • Defective seat belts: Seat belts have been proven to reduce injury and fatality risk in accidents. However, when seatbelts are defective, they cannot perform their intended function and potentially save lives.
  • Defective tires: Tire shredding, tread separation, and sudden loss of tire pressure are all tire defects that can lead to serious accidents.

Auto manufacturers are legally obligated to ensure that the vehicles they produce are safe when used as intended. If they do not meet this obligation, drivers and passengers may sustain injuries because of a defect.

If a defective auto part caused you or a loved one harm, regardless of whether or not it was recalled, reach out to our Chicago product liability lawyers. We can help you determine whether you have a valid claim that can allow you to recover compensation for damages such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Injured by a Recalled Vehicle? Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you’ve been hurt by a recalled vehicle, call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible at (312) 236-2900 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can also use our online contact form to reach us. We’ll inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected.

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