2013 Volkswagen Jetta HybridWhen it rains, it pours. Volkswagen, which is still reeling from a 2.6-million-unit global recall last month has just announced that another 65,992 US-spec models need to report in for repairs as part of two separate recalls.

The bigger recall, which covers 62,155 units, belongs to 2009 to 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossovers built between July 2007 and June 2011. This is in addition to the 61,000 Tiguans built between 2008 and 2011 that Volkswagen recalled last month.

Perhaps more infuriating for VW is that this latest Tiguan recall is similar to last month's electrical issue that saw 800,000 Tiguans recalled globally. There's a problem with the fuse tied to the exterior lights. The holder for said fuse may melt. No reason has been provided as to why it might melt, but there you go.

The other recall is significantly smaller - 3,837 Jetta Hybrids, built between October 2012 and October 2013 and covering model years 2013 and 2014. The dual-clutch gearboxes in these cars, internally known as DQ-200 units, may be subject to failure due to corrosive transmission oil additives. Corrosion could lead to an electrical short that causes a "stall-like condition" that could result in an accident.

Volkswagen will begin notifying the owners of affected Tiguans soon, while the rollout of Jetta Hybrid recall notices was started on December 6. Owners of affected vehicles will need to report to their local VW dealer for free repairs. In the Tiguan's case, that means another fuse replacement while Jetta Hybrid owners will get their transmission oil swapped out.
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Manufacturer: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Tiguan vehicles manufactured July 2007 through June 2011. Due to a problem with the fuse for the exterior lights, the holder for the fuse that controls the vehicle's exterior lights circuit may melt.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the holder melts, there may be a partial loss of exterior lighting. Reduced vehicle illumination diminishes the vehicle's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuse, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's recall number is 97Z9/2V.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Jetta Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 2012 through October 2013 and equipped with a DQ-200 direct-shift gearbox. Due to gearbox fluid additives, internal components of the gearbox may corrode. The deposits from this corrosion may cause an electrical short and result in a stall-like condition.

CONSEQUENCE:
This sudden loss of power while driving increases the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the gearbox oil with a non-corrosive version, free of charge. The recall began on December 6, 2013. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's recall number is 34F6/4V.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the stupid piddly crap that keeps VW from being able to do the type of volume that Toyota, GM, etc. do. VW has it in them to make great cars, just not ones on-par with the best or even median of reliability.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr Sled
        The don't have the volume of Toyota.... but they still manage to beat them in profitability. And Toyota has had way more Recall woes than VW too.
          Max Forte
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          At current exchange rates, Toyota’s estimated 2013 profit would be $17.9 billion while Volkswagen’s would be $17.3 billion. The average forecast for GM’s operating profit is $7 billion.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          That's because Toyota actually recalls their cars. VW just says the electrical issues are your fault, like when they told my friend the electric door locks were broken because she opens the door when it rains, or she should have had the car in park when opening the sunroof.
      gasaraki88
      • 1 Year Ago
      VWs are junk. I don't know why people buy them.
      Shirley
      • 1 Year Ago
      I also should say I wrote to VW HQ, and ask me if I ever got a reply? Guess you know the answer to that don't we?
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHAT!? A VW / Audi product with electrical issues??...Shut the front door!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        "German cars" + electrics != Good. There, fixed. "Japanese cars" + style != Good. "American cars" === Bad everything unless they come with a Cummins Diesel.
      thecommentator2013
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...and I'll say it again. Germans do not build the best cars in the world.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        No, but they are the best at convincing you they do, hell, that everything they do is the best in the world...
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        so who does make the "best cars in the world". Now whatever your answer... a million people will sh!1 on that idea. This whole thing is petty automotive rivalry and favoritism. People have their subjective opinions about this or that automaker... and they try to insult others as if this were some sports team.
          thecommentator2013
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          @Joevio... Nobody. They have weaknesses and strenghts like any other manufacturer too. Personally, I have come to the conclusion that american cars are slightly better overall, though lack finesse and detail.
      ndcart
      • 1 Year Ago
      That would explain the melted fuse in my wife's 2010 Tig. She lost most of her exterior lighting. Opened the hood, and the fuse looked like a melted marshmallow. I had always heard things about VW's electrical issues, but we took a chance. Once the fuse melted, and the electric parking brake got stuck twice and had to be replaced, we traded it in. Our VW experiment was over.
        kingrat001
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ndcart
        Congrats for leaving. My friend and his wife took 2 "experiments" to get it. The first one, they bought, and the second one was a lease. How either of them escaped being lemoned is a total mystery to me.
      kingrat001
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should just recall every car they make, they seem to all have electrical issues without end. Maybe making a recall part of the "Maintenance" package would help them figure out what they are doing wrong. I saw my friend's former Jetta a few days ago (the wheels kind of make it hard to miss), and I have to feel sorry for the woman driving it, She bought a nice looking POS that will almost certainly strand her by Sunday, probably at the peak of the storm that's beginning to dump snow in this area. A AAA membership is not a gamble with this car, she WILL be using it, and often.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW is discovering the consequences of cutting too many corners.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW! they should learn to master 12V before they start playing with 280V.
      redssstew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its seems like VW and Electrical Problems go hand in hand. I never purchased a VW because of their reputation of electrical problems, like engine Coil Packs going bad,etc....
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      German engineering. Das Auto.
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