The Volkswagen of America Inc. unit of Volkswagen AG (OTCMKTS:VLKAY) is recalling 189,490 2009-14 Tiguan sport-utility vehicles because of a problem with the fuel system and 18,526 2009 Routans because of a problem with the ignition switch, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Tiguan recall centers on a stalling issue, the result of bubbles forming in the fuel systems of vehicles when winter fuel blends are used during periods of warmer temperatures. This decreases fuel-pump performance and pressure and thus increases the incidence of stalling. Solving the problem involves the installation of revised electronic control module software, Reuters reported. VW said 151,389 Tiguans were sold in the U.S. and 38,101 in Canada.
The Routan recall centers on an ignition-switch issue. VW said the engine can shut off if the key fob hangs up between the “On” and “ACC” detents as a result of harsh roadway conditions or unintended driver interaction with the key fob. The company said it would replace the WIN Module Detent Ring on all affected vehicles.
VW said no accidents or injuries were reported as a result of either problem.