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VW recalling more than 357,000 cars in China over short-circuit risk

Volkswagen AG and its joint ventures with SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. and China FAW Group Corp. are recalling more than 357,000 vehicles in China due to short-circuit concerns with sunroof LED modules, Xinhua News Agency reported Dec. 30, citing a statement to the country's State Administration for Market Regulation.

The recall affects 10,455 imported Tiguan compact crossover vehicles produced by the German automaker between Aug. 18, 2016, and June 7, 2018, the report said. It also targets more than 303,000 Chinese-made Tiguan L models produced between Oct. 26, 2016, and July 27, 2018, and 43,172 Magotan models manufactured in China between Nov. 30, 2015, and June 29, 2018.

The recalled vehicles carry a potential fire risk by which humidity causes a short-circuit in the sunroof lighting modules.

Volkswagen and the Chinese JVs SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co. Ltd. and FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co. Ltd. will fix the LED modules in affected models free of charge starting Jan. 25, according to the report.

Certain Tiguan models are also being recalled in the U.S. starting Jan. 18 due to safety and security risks.