Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer, has announced a recall of all 23,883 ID.4 electric vehicles in the United States due to concerns about the flammability of the interior materials. This recall comes after an internal test failure in May, highlighting that the material used for the roller blinds may not consistently meet the performance requirements set in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 302.
Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirm that the interior sunshade for the panoramic glass roof in these ID.4 vehicles is not adequately fire retardant, leading to non-compliance with safety standards. The Volkswagen Product Safety Committee received this issue on September 8th, and after further discussions and clarifications, the decision was made on November 1st to initiate a recall for non-compliance.
To address the problem, Volkswagen has devised a solution to ensure the safety of its customers. The company plans to apply a flame retardant to the sunshade free of charge. Affected ID.4 vehicle owners will receive information about the recall by mail starting from January 5, 2024.
It is important to note that this is not the first recall for the Volkswagen ID.4. Earlier this year, the company recalled nearly 21,000 ID.4 electric SUVs due to a defective battery software. This software glitch had the potential to cause a “sudden loss of propulsion” without warning.
Safety is of utmost importance to car manufacturers, and recalls serve as a proactive measure to address potential risks. Volkswagen’s quick action in initiating this recall demonstrates its commitment to ensuring the well-being of its customers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is the reason for the recall of Volkswagen ID.4 vehicles?
A: The recall is due to concerns about the flammability of the interior materials, specifically the material used for the roller blinds in the panoramic glass roof.
Q: How many vehicles are being recalled?
A: Volkswagen is recalling all 23,883 ID.4 electric vehicles in the United States.
Q: What is Volkswagen doing to address the problem?
A: To address the problem, Volkswagen plans to apply a flame retardant to the roller blinds free of charge for the owners of the affected vehicles.
Q: When will the affected owners be notified?
A: Affected owners will receive notifications by mail starting from January 5, 2024.