VW Group recalls hybrid vehicles: Electric shock and fire hazards also affect Skoda

Approximately 118,000 Volkswagen hybrids are recalled worldwide due to a faulty battery fuse. There is a risk of fire or electric shock.

The fault may occur with the 42,571 Golf, Tiguan, Passat, Arteon and T7 model series vehicles. According to our information, the recall also affects the Skoda Octavia iV, Octavia RS iV and Superb iV models.

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) states that the vehicles in question are from the 2019 to 2022 model years.

“During extensive checks, Volkswagen has found that a fuse in the drive system of some plug-in hybrid vehicles may have defects in individual cases,” a VW spokesman told the website autoservicepraxis.de. “In the worst-case scenario, this can lead to this fuse possibly not functioning correctly in the event of an overvoltage.”

As part of the recall, an insulating mat is being installed on the high-voltage battery switch box of affected models. Customers would be informed and asked to come to the workshops.

So far, one specific case is known from last year, when a hybrid Golf caught fire. There is no information yet on the exact number of affected models of the VW Group’s other brands, which are based on the same technical platform.

Confirmed: Skoda models also affected

However, Pavel Jína, Spokesperson & PR Manager of Skoda Auto Czech Republic, confirmed to Car-recalls.eu that around 22,000 Skoda vehicles would also be recalled. “In the Czech market, this will involve approximately 1,000 cars from the Octavia iV, Octavia RS iV and Superb iV model series. About 300 of them are owned directly by our company. This is a preventive recall action; Skoda Auto has not yet registered any cases of the vehicle catching fire.” For information on other markets, contact your nearest Skoda dealer.

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Source: autoservicepraxis.de

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