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A Defective Computer Did This To Over 27,000 Volkswagens

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As new vehicles become more complex and technical, the likelihood of something malfunctioning increases. Obviously, there are all kinds of potential problems, some more serious and dangerous than others, but they all need to be fixed and automakers are fully responsible for doing so. Welcome to the world of recalls, and the latest one comes from none other than Volkswagen. Don’t worry, it’s nothing Dieselgate related, but it could be quite serious if left ignored.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VW is recalling 27,822 of its 2015-2016 model years CC four-door coupes and Tiguans SUV crossovers (2,583 CCs and 25,239 Tiguans, to be more precise) because a defective computer component can prevent the airbags from deploying in a crash.

In rare cases, the airbags could even deploy in the absence of a crash. Clearly, both potential scenarios must be addressed due to the risk of a crash or serious injury. These specific Tiguans were built between March 12, 2015 and December 19 2015, and the CCs from May 6, 2015 through December 7 2015. VW estimates that just 1% of the vehicles being recalled are defective.

To be clear, this recall has nothing to do with the Takata airbag inflator recall, which did affect a number of older VW models, such as the Passat, Eos, CC, and Audi TT and R8. The government agency highly recommends that owners bring their vehicles to the nearest VW dealership for inspection if the airbag warning light suddenly comes on.

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Consumer Reports also reached out to VW regarding whether there were any known crashes or injuries related to this problem and, fortunately, nothing has been reported so far. Dealerships will simply install new software and replace the faulty computer component on affected vehicles at no charge to owners.