Volkswagen recalls nearly 27,000 ID.4 SUVs because the sunshade is too flammable

Volkswagen has issued a recall for nearly 27,000 ID.4 SUVs in Canada and the US due to concerns related to the interior sunshade of the panoramic glass roof.

According to the recall notices posted to the Transport Canada (TC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, VW initiated the recall based on production records that revealed the material of the roller sunshades  may not consistently meet the Flammability of Interior Materials (FMVSS 302) performance requirements. The roller sunshades are a component under the panoramic glass roof that helps block UV rays and reduce internal surface temperatures while out in the sun.

This of course poses a potential safety risk as the burn rate of the material might exceed the maximum limit allowed by the regulations.

To address the issue, Volkswagen will apply a fabric flame retardant onto the material of the roller sunshade at no cost to customers. Interestingly, the issue was resolved in production by reorienting the material in a manner that consistently performs better. The material was reversed so that the exterior side now faces the interior.

The recall impacts 2,744 ID.4 SUVs in Canada, and a further 23,883 in the US built between September 2, 2022 and August 24, 2023. Affected ID.4 owners are encouraged to contact Volkswagen or their local dealerships for further information and to schedule the necessary repairs to their vehicles.

This isn’t the first large scale recall for the ID.4. Earlier this year in February over 21,000 of the electric SUVs were recalled to have the software updated to fix battery management control module issues, among other issues. Just a few months later in April another recall impacted over 17,000 ID.4 because the rear doors may open while driving.

You can see the recall notice on the Transport Canada website here, or read the full NHTSA recall notice below.

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