Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer, has announced a recall of 23,883 electric vehicles (EVs) ID.4 in the United States due to concerns related to the flammability of interior materials. This recall comes after an internal test failed in May, revealing that the material of the roller blinds for sun protection does not consistently meet the performance requirements established in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 302.
Documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirms that the interior curtain for the panoramic glass roof of these ID.4 vehicles lacks sufficient fire retardant, resulting in non-compliance with safety standards. The Volkswagen Product Safety Committee was informed of this issue on September 8, and after further discussions and clarifications, the decision was made on November 1 to initiate a recall for non-compliance.
To address the problem, Volkswagen has designed a solution to ensure the safety of its customers. The company plans to apply a fire retardant to the sun protection curtain free of charge. Affected owners of ID.4 vehicles will receive a recall notification 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 around 21,000 electric SUVs ID.4 due to faulty battery software. This software flaw had the potential to cause a “sudden loss of propulsion” without prior warning.
Safety is of utmost importance for car manufacturers, and recalls serve as a proactive measure to address any potential risks. Volkswagen’s swift action in initiating this recall demonstrates its commitment to ensuring the well-being of its customers.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the reason for the recall of Volkswagen ID.4 vehicles?
A: The recall is due to concerns about the flammability of interior materials, specifically the material of the roller blinds for sun protection used on the panoramic glass roof.
Q: How many vehicles are being recalled?
A: Volkswagen is recalling 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 fire retardant to the sun protection curtains, at no cost to the owners of the affected vehicles.
Q: When will affected owners be notified?
A: Affected owners will receive notifications by mail starting from January 5, 2024.