US won't seek further VW recalls for fuse problem

AP News
Posted: Mar 04, 2014 11:26 AM
US won't seek further VW recalls for fuse problem

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators won't be pushing for a recall of thousands of Volkswagens that have the same electric fuses as a model that was recalled.

Last year VW recalled about 800,000 Tiguan SUVs worldwide from the 2009 through 2011 model years. A fuse can overheat and cause the outside lights to fail.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the same fuses are used in several other VW models. But the agency says engine and fuse box temperatures vary by model. Investigators also found that complaint and warranty repair rates for the Tiguan are four times higher than the Jetta sedan.

VW will do a "service campaign" in which it will replace the problem fuse in many 2009 and 2010 Jetta cars and some 2009 GTI hatchbacks in the U.S.

The agency says it will monitor complaints on other VW models and take further action if needed.