Over 1,000 Volkswagen ID.4 recalled due to potential fire hazard
With the Volkswagen ID.4, the German automaker has an all-electric crossover in its growing EV lineup that has already made some rather negative headlines in the past due to its pesky software issues. Now, the VW ID.4 also has to deal with a “hardware” issue that has resulted in a corresponding manufacturer recall.
More precisely, the automaker has recalled more than 1,000 Volkswagen ID.4, which are currently built in Chattanoogaa in the US state of Tennessee, because the cable connected to its 12-volt battery could eventually wear out due to friction on the steering column. If the insulation of this cable is severely damaged, the defect could theoretically lead to a short circuit or even a full-blown EV fire. Only rear-wheel drive units from the 2022 and 2023 VW ID.4 model year appear to be affected by this recall, the problem does not occur in the popular all-wheel drive variant.
In context, this is a comparatively small recall and affected owners in the US will notified in writing by the end of February 2023. Furthermore, ID.4 drivers should pay attention to an according warning message concerning the 12-volt system, which may indicate that the aforementioned cable has already been damaged. However, Volkswagen also stressed that the cable in question is not part of the electric drivetrain, which works with up to 408 volts and could potentially cause much more serious issues than the regular 12-volt battery in the VW ID.4.
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