According to the automaker, a leak from an air conditioning tube may trigger airbags to deploy unintentionally. The issue is caused by an improperly installed air-conditioning drain tube that can leak excess condensation from the air conditioning system onto an airbag control module, which is the computer chip that determines when airbags should be deployed, instead of draining outside the vehicle. Volkswagen says that if the airbag control module gets wet, the vehicle’s airbags could deploy unintentionally.
According to Volkswagen, it has received one report of curtain airbags deploying “without cause” on June 14, 2018.
The twisted tube may also leak water into the passenger compartment, and drivers of affected vehicles may notice warning signs such as a foul odor or a wet carpet inside the vehicle. Warning lights, including those for the airbags, may be illuminated on the dashboard, Volkswagen said.
The Atlas has had seven other recalls, and it is in its first model year. Other recalls address concerns with the airbags, brakes, car seat anchors, and fuel tank.
Volkswagen chose not to respond to a request for comments.
VW dealers will inspect the drain tube. If it is twisted, dealers will replace both the hose and the airbag control module at no charge to owners. Owners affected by the recall can contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 87F9.
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