Volkswagen has recalled a total of 35,325 ID.4 electric vehicles in the US due to faulty doors. Affected cars claim their doors may open unexpectedly when driving at low speeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the affected electric vehicles were produced in Zwickau, Germany, between December 2020 and December 2022.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration document said Volkswagen has issued a recall notice for related ID.4 electric vehicles, and the door handles of these vehicles may not meet factory waterproof specifications. This faulty design could cause water to enter the handle’s printed circuit board, which could cause a malfunction, causing the door lock to issue an open command.
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Such malfunctions can cause the doors to open when the car is subjected to high lateral forces at speeds below 15 km/h. Opening the doors of a moving vehicle can cause an accident and increase the risk of injury to occupants and people outside the vehicle who may be struck by the doors. After detecting this fault, the German auto giant recalled the affected ID.4 electric vehicles to fix the problem free of charge. The recall follows a similar recall for the ID.4 electric vehicle announced a month ago. A total of 16,207 electric vehicles were affected in that recall.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is from the brand’s range of electric cars bearing the ID badge. It comes standard with a 201-horsepower rear-mounted electric motor paired with a 62-kWh battery pack that provides a range of 336 kilometers on a single charge. A higher trim is the AWD Pro S Plus variant, which has all-wheel drive. It produces a peak power of 295 hp thanks to an 82 kWh battery pack. Additionally, it promises a range of 410 kilometers on a single charge.
First published date: May 11, 2023 at 09:24 AM CST