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VW recalls ID.4 because of a 12V battery problem that can cause short and fire

volkswagen To be remember a relatively small amount of it ID.4 electricity cross to solve an electrical problem, but not related to its electric powertrain. This is related to its old style 12V the battery (yes, trams still have those). In rear-wheel drive models of the ID.4, VW indicates that the charging cable of a 12V battery can rub against the steering column, potentially resulting in a short circuit if the insulation is worn. If left unaddressed, it may present a fire hazard. The recall covers only 1,042 examples of EVs manufactured for the 2022-2023 model years; All-wheel drive models are not included.

“In affected vehicles (rear-wheel drive only), the 12V battery charging cable may come into contact with the steering column shaft, causing the cable’s insulation to wear down,” VW’s recall report said. “If this happens, it can lead to a short circuit. A short circuit can lead to loss of driving dynamics, increasing the risk of a collision. A short circuit in this case also increases the risk of a vehicle fire. cable. affected are low voltage cables, so there is no risk of high voltage electric shock to vehicle occupants or service technicians. ).”

VW says the problem stems from a bend in the cable that wasn’t positioned correctly during manufacturing, potentially causing it to come into contact with the mast. Only a few parts are manufactured this way, which is why the number of recalls is so small. Owners of RWD models should watch out for warning messages regarding 12V batteries, which may indicate that the problem has progressed to the point where insulation has failed and a short circuit has occurred. In some severe cases, there may be a burning smell or smoke, at which time the car should be parked until it can be serviced.

Because the fault only concerns the car’s low voltage system, which is used to power various non-traction systems in the car, there is no risk of electric shock associated with this problem. Owners will be notified of the campaign by the end of February.

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