Volkswagen Group of America (VW) announced on June 6, 2018 they will recall more than 800 recently-built vehicles containing potentially defective airbags.
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The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they will recall 821 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles built between March 10, 2018 and May 19, 2018.
The affected vehicles come equipped with passenger frontal airbags that can improperly unfold or even tear upon deployment, increasing injury risk during a crash.
Volkswagen’s recall chronology states the manufacturer’s Mexican branch first learned of the airbag defects on April 17, 2018, when supplier Key Safety Systems de Mexico informed them of “non-compliant test results” during airbag testing. Additional non-compliant testing was discovered on May 16, 2018 at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.
Volkswagen said the airbags were incorrectly placed in Key Safety System’s folding machine, causing the defect.
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The company decided to conduct a recall on May 30, 2018.
Volkswagen will notify owners and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag free of charge. The recall will begin August 3, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s numbers for this recall are 69W8, and 69W9. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.