Deployed airbag in the interior of a vehicle

VW Recalls Vehicles for Unexpected Air Bag Deployment or Failure

A Volkswagen Airbag Control Module recall has been ordered for more than 34,500 model year 2015-2016 Tiguan and CC vehicles. The recall concerns the airbag control module that oversees deploying the airbags. A defective capacitor is a device that sits in the module and powers the airbag – can cause inadvertent airbag deployments or cause the airbags to completely fail in crashes.

As per the report, A faulty capacitor in the airbag control module can cause the airbags to deactivate or in rare cases can lead to an increase in the risk of an injury due to the deployment or increase the risk of a crash without warning. 

The airbag control units were supplied by ZF-TRW, a company. VW says electrical overstress can occur and cause a deviation at the 5-volt power supply when the airbag control unit capacitor fails.

Affected Vehicles

  • 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUVs
  • 2016 Volkswagen (VW) Tiguan compact SUVs
  • 2015 VW CC cars
  • 2016 VW CC cars

VW Air Bag Airbag Control Module May Malfunction

NHTSA states that in the affected VW vehicles, the Airbag Control Module “may have a defective power supply capacitor that can result in airbag deactivation or inadvertent deployment of the airbags.” 

The repair

Volkswagen dealers will update the affected vehicles with new software that will monitor an increase in the Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR). If the software detects a problem within a 10-year extended warranty period, Volkswagen will replace the module for free. The update has been available since November 13, 2019.

Airbag Control Module Limited Warranty Extension

Volkswagen is extending warranty coverage for the Airbag Control Module in certain 2015-2016 model year Tiguan and CC vehicles for a time of 10 years, unlimited mileage from the vehicle’s original in-service date.

This warranty extension is fully transferable to subsequent owners. If the faulty capacitor issue be present within the time limit of the extended warranty, the VW dealership will replace the airbag control module at no cost to you. 

If you have previously paid for repairs relating to the faulty airbag control module, you can apply for the reimbursement. 

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