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Fire hazard: VW is recalling vehicles – a new Golf burned out






Volkswagen is recalling over 100,000 new plug-in hybrid vehicles to the workshop. Because of the risk of fire. A brand new VW Golf caught fire. The new VW Multivan T7 is also affected. An additional recall due to the risk of fire also affects combustion engines from VW.

According to Spiegel Online, VW has to recall around 118,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide. Including 42,571 Golf, Tiguan, Passat and Arteon as well as T7 (KBA reference number: 011696; manufacturer code of the recall campaign: 93N4). Of these 42,571 vehicles, almost 26,000 are registered in Germany. The vehicles are from the years of construction 2019 to 2022. According to the KBA, the Multivan T7, which was only presented in 2021, is also affected.

The entry of the recall in the KBA database.

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The entry of the recall in the KBA database.

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The problem is caused by a faulty fuse in the drive system of plug-in hybrid vehicles (i.e. hybrids that have a cable-chargeable battery in addition to the internal combustion engine). This fuse can fail in the event of an overvoltage, which in turn can cause the high-voltage battery to catch fire. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) describes the problem as follows: “Faulty fuses can increase the risk of electric shock and fire in the event of a short circuit.”

According to the KBA, the VW workshops are taking this measure: “An additional protective insulating mat will be attached to the affected vehicles over the switch box of the high-voltage battery.”

The KBA emphasizes: “There is currently 1 known event of damage resulting in an accident or personal injury.”

In 2021 a brand new VW Golf VIII Hybrid exploded

This “damage event” can only be the incident that we reported on in 2021. In February 2021, a brand new VW Golf 8 Hybrid exploded and burned out: New VW Golf Hybrid exploded – reason still unknown. The completely destroyed Golf was only two days old and had only driven a total of 300 kilometers. A first statement from VW left all questions unanswered. In the following months we asked several times

but VW refused to answer.

Another fire hazard recall

The recall that has now become known is the second recall by the VW Group within a very short time due to the risk of fire. Because immediately before the recall of the plug-in hybrid vehicles, the VW Group had to recall around 58,000 combustion vehicles from VW, Audi, Škoda and Seat worldwide (KBA reference number: 011703; manufacturer code of the recall campaign: 10H5). At VW, almost 32,000 T-ROC, GOLF, PASSAT, TIGUAN, ARTEON models from 2020 to 2022 are affected. According to the KBA, 16 cases of damage are already known!

The entry of the recall in the KBA database.

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The entry of the recall in the KBA database.

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The KBA’s description of the error reads: “Insufficient attachment of the engine design cover can lead to contact with hot parts and consequently to a fire”. According to KBA, the solution to the problem is as follows: “Design engine cover is removed”.

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