2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,500 model-year 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan long-wheelbase SUVs

The Problem: The backup lights in the taillight assemblies may not be bright enough, which could lead to other drivers not seeing the vehicle reversing or the driver backing into an obstacle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the affected inner taillight assemblies for free.

What Owners Should Do: VW will begin notifying owners in December. Owners can call the automaker at 800-893-5298, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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