Volkswagen has issued two recalls for their Tiguan small crossover utility vehicle, as well as their compact Jetta hybrid sedan. In all, 62,155 2009-2011 Tiguans, as well as 3,837 2013 Jetta hybrids that were manufactured from October 2012 to October 2013 will be affected.
The Tiguan recall is for the exterior light circuit fuse. More specifically, the holder for the fuse may melt, which could cause the exterior lights to partially work. A reduction in the lights could increase the risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident.
With the Jetta hybrid, it involves those that were equipped with the seven-speed dual dry clutch transmission, or DCT for short. The DCT operates similar to an automated manual transmission, except that it shifts electronically via electronic solenoids and actuators. The vehicles that came equipped with the DCT have additives in the transmission oil that could leave some deposits in the transmission. Over time, the deposits could corrode the internal gearbox electrical components, thus creating a "stall-like" condition. If the vehicle is unable to operate properly, it too could increase the risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident.
The latest Volkswagen recalls will have the dealership technicians replacing the fuse on the Tiguan, as well as them changing out the gearbox oil on the Jetta hybrid, both at no charge to the owners. Although both recalls are expected to begin right away, owners can contact their local Volkswagen dealership for more information, or to schedule a service appointment.