Volkswagen recalls more than 45,000 Tiguan SUVs due to risk of fire

Volkswagen is recalling 45,457 of its 2018 Tiguan SUVs due to a decorative LED lighting in the vehicle’s panoramic sunroof that may short-circuit and cause a fire. Owners who notice a burning odor or smoke coming from the front of the sunroof frame should not open the sunroof or continue driving, VW says, because that will increase the risk of a fire. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says two incidents were reported to the automaker because of this problem. Vehicles recalled are 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs with panoramic sunroofs manufactured from Dec. 8, 2016, through July 8, 2018.

Dealers will disconnect the LED light module from its power supply and apply aluminum tape. The LED lights will no longer illuminate after this repair, but NHTSA says that the feature will be safely reactivated after a future additional service campaign.

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